Calls for resignation of TF Bangon Marawi head mount

Published January 20, 2020, 12:00 AM

by manilabulletin_admin

By Ali Macabalang 

COTABATO CITY – Maranao professionals, including officials from national agencies, have renewed their demands for the resignation of Housing Czar Eduardo del Rosario as chairman of the Task Force Bangon Marawi (TFBM) for his alleged failure to reconstruct the war-torn city on time, and abate the worsening plight of thousands of evacuees.

Task Force Bangon Marawi chairperson Eduardo del Rosario (SCREENSHOT / RTVM / MANILA BULLETIN)
Task Force Bangon Marawi chairperson Eduardo del Rosario (SCREENSHOT / RTVM / MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO)

The call has even become bolder with Dr. Dimapuno Alonto-Datu Ramos Jr., spokesman of the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos (NCMF), joining the bandwagon asking Del Rosario to step down.

“Mahiya ka naman Sec. Del Rosario! Sinusuka ka na ng mga tao sa Marawi! Ayaw mo pa magresign? Nakakahiya ka na! May mga tao talaga na walang Delikadeza! Eh di Wow!” Datu Ramos said in a Facebook message posted on Sunday.

The same demand was aired by Drieza Abaton Lininding, a Maranao civil society group leader, directly at del Rosario during an NCMF-assisted public forum in Marawi City on March 20, 2019.

Lininding had dared Del Rosario to resign if he would fail in his commitment to finally oversee the return of evacuees to Marawi City’ Ground Zero or Most Affected Area (MMA) by July of 2019.

The TFBM head, a retired Army general, shed tears and tossed back the challenge to Lininding to “resign as CSO leader if we can start (sending evacuees back home) by July.”

It has been six months past the trade of challenges but MMA residents have yet to return to Marawi City so that they rebuild their homes or put up their businesses anew which were severely affected by the five-month 2017 Marawi siege.

The TFBM, which consists of various line agencies, was tasked by the President to design and implement rebuilding and recovery efforts in the war-torn city.

A series of “consultative conferences” have been held since late 2017 for the rehabilitation plans. But a key official of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), a member-agency of the TFBM, said the design processes were “palliative” because representatives of evacuees were not involved in the planning stage.

The awarding of contracts for the clearing of war debris, including alleged unexploded ordnances, alone encountered glitches that stunted the process by more than a year.

Due to the oft-postponed homecoming of evacuees, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said, close to 20,000 families continued to languish with limited relief and medical attention in evacuation centers.

The Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP)-Lanao Sur chapter, the provincial government, and the 80-member parliament of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) have passed separate resolutions calling for the homecoming of evacuees and for an independent probe on the management of huge funds allocated by national government for the rehabilitation projects.

A thorough investigation, according to the petitioners, could also unveil the whereabouts of some P4-billion donation   from local and foreign entities.

At the latest TFBM-sponsored public forum in Marawi City on January 15, BARMM parliament member Punduma Sani blew his top against the same alibis on the snail-paced rehabilitation efforts.

“Leave us alone…Stop making our city a milking cow,” said Sani, who later confirmed to the Manila Bulletin that people allied with or contracted by the TFBM have allegedly been exploiting the stunted rehab process to further enrich themselves.