OUR MARAWI: We will fight for our birthright to the end

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CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews / 03 April) — We dare challenge Task Force Bangon Marawi (TFBM) to produce documents (not just photos ) that prove that we (affected residents) gave our consent to the Bangon Marawi Comprehensive Rehabilitation and Recovery Plan (BMCRRP) and China-Ph Consortium for Ground Zero or Most Affected Area (MAA) — their plan not ours.

We also challenge them to make public the plan if they are not doing any illegal acts. And also for them to make public the name of the groups or individuals (politicians or not) who allegedly support this idea for us to validate if indeed they are residents from MAA and not misrepresenting us.

TFBM should be gently reminded that presenting the plan to a few chosen residents does not equate to consultation or approval of their plan for Marawi.

This is clearly an imposition to us and their plan is completely alien to our wishes which are to return and rebuild our home with or without government assistance.

TFBM can be likened or is no different from the terrorist group that occupied Marawi for unilaterally and forcefully imposing their plan without seeking our consent and respecting our rights.

We condemn TFBM’s lies for they made us to believe these past few months (after the liberation of Marawi) that we cannot yet return to our homes for Security Reasons (clearing of UXOs ).

Now, their plan is unveiled and obvious, which is to flatten and evict us from our ancestral homes and lands and give it to private developers. These acts can be considered a crime under International Humanitarian Law.

We also warn all those Private Developers (Chinese and local firms) including business groups interested to invest in the MAA to replace us from where our house stand, that surely they will face legal repercussions if they push through with the plan without our consent or approval.

We will not take this lightly. We will fight for our birthright (guaranteed by the Constitution) to the end. #MarawiIsOurs 

(MindaViews is the opinion section of MindaNews. OUR Marawi is open to anyone who wishes to share his/her thoughts on what is happening in Marawi. Drieza A. Lininding is chair of the Moro Consensus Group).

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