Malacañang on Sunday (July 16) urged residents of Marawi City to wait till the conflict ends earlier than returning to their hometown.
Presidential spokesperson Ernesto Abella mentioned that whereas the federal government understands the emotions of the Marawi residents, the protection of civilians is its utmost precedence.
He mentioned there isn’t a assurance that areas outdoors the principle battle zone are already protected to reside and reside in, as incidents of circumstances of stray bullet victims have been reported.
“In addition, the clearing of the entire city of Marawi of IEDs and boobytraps left by terrorists, unexploded ordnance and other explosives is still ongoing. The danger and risks these pose still remain high,” Abella mentioned in a press release.
“For the safety of everyone, it is better to just wait for the end of hostilities and the completion of clearing operations,” he added.
Abella made the attraction amid studies that some residents of Marawi City are returning to their houses even because the combat between authorities forces and the ISIS-linked Maute group has but to end.
President Rodrigo Duterte has vowed to pour in billions of pesos in assist for Marawi residents to construct their metropolis as soon as the conflict is over.