On the day of Duterte’s SONA, Marawi residents mount State of Marawi Bakwit

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 21 July) – On the day of President Rodrigo Duterte’s fourth State of the Nation Address (SONA) on Monday, displaced Marawi residents will hand down their verdict on the Duterte administration’s efforts to rehabilitate Marawi r through their own State of Marawi Bakwit (Sombak).

The Sombak’s theme is “Two years after, What now?”

Desperate residents stage a rally in Marawi City on Wednesday (20 March 2019) demanding return to their homes inside the city and for an investigation on alleged abuses. MindaNews photo by FROILAN GALLARDO

Multi-sectoral organizations of internally displaced persons (IDPs) or bakwits from Marawi will hand down their verdict on emergency and relief assistance, human rights, shelter, medical assistance, missing and dead civilians, livelihood, rehabilitation and others.

Drieza Lininding, chair of the Moro Consensus Group said the Sombak – which will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Institute for Peace and Development (IPDM) at the Mindanao State University in Marawi City, will feature an art gallery, theatrical play, live band, short films, poetry reading and messages from sectoral representatives.

Duterte’ SONA, which will be held in joint session of Congress at the Batasang Pambansa will start at 4 p.m. on Monday. By then, the verdict of the Meranaws in Marawi would have been out.

Duterte, the country’s 16th President and the first Mindanawon to lead the nation, claims he has Meranaw roots, as his maternal grandmother was a Meranaw. (MindaNews)