Saguiaran, Balo-i condemn terrorism, want Maute out

PROVINCIAL CAPITOL, Marawi City – Displaced Marawi residents housed in Saguiaran and Balo-i evacuation centers, respectively held separate peace rally condemning the Maute terrorist, Monday, July 24.

The peace rally were initiated and spearheaded by the local officials and camp leaders to air their sentiments and disgusts to the Maute terrorist who made their lives miserable as “bakwit”.

The heavy downpour of rain could not stop the grit of the Maranaons to pursue the event.

Evacuees, young and old, flashed their slogans and placards bearing messages of peace and condemnation to the Maute terrorist group.

In Balo-i town, barangay chairman of West Poblacion Ibrahim Yahya told the evacuees that the Maute terrorist is the reason why they are suffering now in the evacuation center.

He also encouraged the evacuees to patiently wait until such time that the authorities declare the safe return to Marawi.

It was affirmed and seconded by Mayor Madid Elias Ali during his talk to the evacuees.

The government of Balo-i will provide all your needs. Let us all be patient as we have to ensure your safety when you go back to Marawi,” says Ali.

Ali also shared the Balo-i experience when rebels attacked his municipality sometime in 2000, to motivate, and encouraged the evacuees to lengthen patience until the situation normalizes.

Four of the evacuees also aired their sentiments against the terrorists and shared their traumatic experience during the Maute occupation.

A female evacuee denied the allegation that women are being stripped off by the military in the evacuation center.

It is not true that we are being stripped off by the soldiers when they conduct search. It never happened. It is the soldiers who keep us safe and protected us against the Maute terrorist since we evade from Marawi until now,” said the female evacuee.

Same situation transpired in Saguiaran, raising their banners and placards, they strongly condemned the un-Islamic, un-Muslim acts of the Maute terrorists that destroyed the Marawi City.

“Never again”, cried by the evacuees who is claiming to have learned the lessons brought by the terrorists in their most beloved Islamic city.

Colonel Thomas Sedano Jr, commander of the CMO Joint Task Group Tabang ordered his troops to ensure safety of the evacuees during the conduct of said peace rally.

He also demonstrated his support to the calls of the people to eradicate terrorism and restore peace in the only Islamic city in the country.

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