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Bong Go will pursue DU30’s peace commitment

Peace is important for President Duterte and I, especially in Mindanao. There should no longer be killings

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Senator Christopher ‘Bong’ Go joined President Rodrigo Duterte in Marawi City for the fourth anniversary of the city’s liberation. They took part in the reopening of the Grand Mosque and were briefed on rehabilitation plans for the city. / Photographs courtesy of SBG

Senator Christopher “Bong” Go, together with President Rodrigo Duterte, honored state security forces and the people of Marawi City for their sacrifice and courage as the nation commemorated the fourth anniversary of the liberation of Marawi from Islamic State-linked terrorists who attacked the city in 2017.

On Saturday, 16 October, President Duterte and Senator Go attended the commemoration activity held at Rizal Park in the Islamic City of Marawi in Lanao del Sur.

The senator reaffirmed the government remains dedicated to sustaining the President’s vision of long-lasting peace and development in the country.

“Peace is important for President Duterte and I, especially in Mindanao. There should no longer be killings. Who wants to see Filipinos fighting with fellow Filipinos? It’s a hurtful sight,” Go said.

“The government’s efforts in achieving sustainable peace and development across the country must be continuously pursued,” he added.

In his speech, President Duterte commended the Task Force Bangon Marawi for its service and sacrifice. He gave assurances his administration will continue to exert efforts to fully rehabilitate Marawi City and help the community in its rebuilding effort.

“The continued hard work of Task Force Bangon Marawi to accomplish the programs, projects and activities under the Bangon Marawi Comprehensive Rehabilitation and Recovery Program is truly commendable,” Duterte said.

“By rebuilding the lives of the displaced — that is most important
— families, restoring damaged properties and revitalizing disrupted socio-economic activities, you have stayed true to your commitment as agents of progress and catalysts for real change,” he continued.

The President also lauded the rehabilitation team, local leaders, and other stakeholders for their efforts to rehabilitate the Grand Mosque of Marawi.

“This place holds a historical and cultural significance in the lives of the Maranaws. We rejoice as a nation as the Grand Mosque of Marawi brings hope anew for our Muslim brothers and sisters,” Duterte said.

During the event, the President witnessed the distribution by the National Housing Authority of certificates of titles for permanent housing units to internally displaced persons and the turnover of a P76 million assistance from the Cooperative Development Authority.

Go, as a member of Senate Special Committee on Marawi Rehabilitation, asked for cooperation among community members for continuous bayanihan efforts in ensuring that Marawi City remains supported even in the height of the pandemic.

The senator highlighted the government will continue its efforts to address threats of terrorism, as efforts are being exerted in providing economic opportunities, especially in regions in Mindanao, to address poverty, which becomes a root cause for conflicts.

“I will continue to serve our brothers and sisters in Mindanao to help them finally achieve hoped for peace and prosperity, not only for our Muslim brothers and sisters, but for the entire Philippines,” Go continued.

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