Press Release
October 17, 2017

Liberal Senators: Marawi Rehabilitation instead of Revolutionary Government

Instead of floating the possibility of declaring a revolutionary government, the administration should focus on rehabilitating Marawi City as soon as the fighting stops to bring normalcy back to the city devastated by the invasion of Maute fighters, according to Partido Liberal senators.

"The government should make rehabilitation of Marawi City a top priority when the fighting stops instead of dwelling on baseless destabilization reports," said Sen. Francis Pangilinan.

"Nasasayang lang ang panahon ng gobyerno dahil sa pagtuon ng pansin sa destabilisasyon na bunga ng fake news. Mas maganda siguro kung ibubuhos nito ang panahon sa mga bagay na makatutulong sa bansa sa halip na makagulo rito. Dapat dagdag na kita at trabaho para sa taumbayan at hindi dagdag na kapangyarihan para sa pangulo," said the Liberal Party president.

"(The government's resources are wasted over fake-news-based destabilization. It would be better if time is spent on something that will help the country, not cause more disruption. More income and jobs for the people, not more power to the presidency.)"

The Marawi siege could be over any time after the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the Department of National Defense announced the death of Omar Maute and Isnilon Hapilon.

Sen. Bam Aquino lauded the AFP for putting an end to the reign of terror of both Maute and Hapilon, adding that "the country is now a safer place for all Filipinos."

"With this victory, we hope that the firefighting will soon end so the government can immediately lift Martial Law and finally focus on rebuilding and developing Marawi City," said Sen. Aquino.

As a member of the Special Committee on Marawi City Rehabilitation, Sen. Aquino expressed full support behind efforts to rehabilitate Marawi City and to bring normalcy and prosperity into the lives of Maranao families.

The Liberal Party said it will support the government's moves to bring Marawi City back on its feet.

"We will fully support all efforts by the government to bring normalcy back to Marawi City and restore the city from the ravages of the fighting to its full glory," added Sen. Aquino.

Earlier, opposition senators questioned government's pronouncement that a revolutionary government might be declared to quell destabilization efforts against the administration.

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