Marawi weeps on Independence Day

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It was the first time the provincial capitol and city hall of Marawi City, Lanao del Sur raised the Philippine flag since the Maute terrorist attacks last May 23, 2017.

The brunt of the clash is centered in the business hub of Marawi which is Banggolo and around 200,000 of the city’s residents have already evacuated.

Top government officials of the city shared speeches and tears as they asserted that Marawi will come through the ongoing tragedy.

"We will not allow any group to overthrow government," Marawi Mayor Majul Gandamra said.

The mayor become emotional as he opened up about how he felt for his city since the attacks started.

"As much as I wanted not to show my emotions... Pero 'yung devastation na naramdaman ng aking mga constituents ay talagang napakabigat sa akin (But the devastation that my constituents have experienced is really weighing heavily on me). But we will rise up again," Gandamra said.

Explosions can still be heard from the city hall where the flag-raising ceremony was held.

Lanao del Sur Vice Governor Mamintal Adiong Jr. held his own teary-eyed speech at the provincial capitol where he extended apologies to the evacuees for having to celebrate Ramadan in the current circumstance.

Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) city chief Gary Mueco was also emotional as he recalled the struggles of his colleagues when the clashes started.

The Maute group had previously attempted to raise the black flag of ISIS in both the provincial capitol and city hall, but failed.

Source: Rappler

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