Norodin Alonto Lucman, a Maranao intellectual and author, has access to photos and videos taken by a drone from the skyline of the war-torn Marawi City three days before the Marawi battle would turn full three months old. But he is staring blankly how the government will approach rehabilitation right after the war.
On Saturday, Norodin posted on his Facebook: “I don’t know how the government will address this issue of rehabilitation. A sweeping Rule of Law will have to be enforced to avert chaos and anarchy when people of Marawi will be finally allowed to survey the destruction of their hard-earned properties. Martial Law will be matched by outrage and most probably outbreak of widespread hostilities in the province. Obviously the city was bombed in anger and hatred as though the armed combatants were possessed by devil. The Datus will have their hands full in calming the situation. Only God knows.”
On Aug. 2 Lucman posted: “PEOPLE ASK ME WHAT I THINK OF THE REHABILITATION PLAN FOR MARAWI AS ADVANCED BY INTEREST GROUPS, DUTERTE MORO ADVISERS AND POLITICIANS. THIS TOPIC COULD HAVE MADE PEOPLE HAPPY BEFORE THE SIEGE BUT NO.
THE CITY IS COMPLETELY ANNIHILATED, INCLUDING ITS RESIDENTS.
THE LOSS IS INCALCULABLE AND IT WILL TAKE YEARS AND MORE BLOODY SCORES TO SETTLE.
ON WHAT BASIS DID THESE PEOPLE ENVISIONED A REHABILITATION PLAN WITHOUT MAKING A THOROUGH FIELD ASSESSMENT OF THE DAMAGE?
WHAT IS THE EXTENT OF THE MILITARY RESERVATION IN MARAWI?
THIS IS A 2,000 HECTARE RESERVATION THAT COVERS SADUK, MATAMPAY, CAMP KEITHLEY (NPC), BANGON, BASAK MALUTLUT, MSU DAIRY FARM, OFFICER’S LINE, PROVINCIAL CAPITOL, UPPER BUADI SAKAYO AND GOD KNOWS WHERE.
THE WATER PIPES, DRAINAGE SYSTEM AND ELECTRIC POSTS ARE MOSTLY DESTROYED, MAIN AND ARTERIAL ROADS IN THE CITY WERE RUINED, BUILDINGS WEAKENED BY NON STOP AERIAL BOMBINGS AND THE CLEAN UP NEEDS MONTHS TO WRAP UP WITH THE HELP OF DEMOLITION AND HEALTH EXPERTS, PSYCHIATRISTS, SOCO, ARMY ENGINEERING BRIGADES, ARCHITECTS AND URBAN PLANNERS. MORE OR LESS 1,000 STRUCTURES WERE DESTROYED. HOW DID THESE PEOPLE CAME UP WITH A REHABILITATION PLAN? UNLESS THEY HAVE ULTERIOR MOTIVES.
PEOPLE WILL NOT TOLERATE CORRUPTION. DON’T EVEN THINK ABOUT IT. DON’T BE A STAT.”
When the military finishes the battle and clears the area from the Maute ISIS terrorists, more grisly and shocking photos and videos would be shown and more sorrowful stories would be told to the whole world including the cries and wailings of the Maranao people.
We should avoid to be naive that just because the war will soon end, the Marawi evacuees can just simply go back and start again, as they say “Bangon Marawi.”
Lucman is right to offer none on how to rehabilitate Marawi City. He has to implore to God, the only one who knows how.