Marcos vows to continue rebuilding Marawi

President Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. has committed to continue rebuilding Marawi and help displaced individuals due to the 2017 siege.

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"We continue to rebuild Marawi in the aftermath of the siege that took place on May 23, 2017," Marcos said in a Facebook post on Tuesday night, May 23.

He further said that the administration "stands resolute in our commitment to their welfare" demonstrated through reconstruction efforts and the allocation of P1 billion for displaced individuals.

He added that the P1-billion allocation covers those "who have endured the loss of their homes and possessions."

"Together, we will strive to ensure that Marawi emerges stronger than ever before," the President said.

The Marawi siege lasted for five months, claiming the lives of 168 soldiers and policemen.

Marawi City was declared liberated on Oct. 23, 2017 after the death of Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) leader Isnilon Hapilon and Maute Group leader Omar Maute.

According to the Bangon Marawi Task Force, the five-month siege has displaced more than 360,000 individuals.

The Marawi siege also resulted in P18.5-billion damages and losses to public and private properties, the Asian Development Bank's (ADB) post-conflict needs assessment showed.