EDITORIAL| Plight of the evacuees

PEOPLE fled Marawi city with barely enough resources to sustain them as they sought safety in the midst of clashes between government forces and the Maute group. With the whole of Mindanao under Martial Law, security is tight – as it should be – to keep surrounding towns and cities safe from the terrorist group.

Always referred to as the collateral damage in war, civilians do not only fear for their lives, they face an uncertain fate away from their homes and their source of livelihood. They now find themselves in a situation where they have to depend on government support for their daily subsistence, a fact that many evacuees who have led peaceful lives, find hard to accept. To be thrown to the realm of insecurity, economic difficulty, emotional and psychological trauma, is not something any decent citizen wants to undergo.

In the city, the Davao City Police Office said they have monitored evacuees from Marawi City who have arrived to stay with their relatives to escape the war.  Barangay officials have been informed of their presence in their area.  The police, according to Sr. Insp. Maria Theresita Gaspan, will be investigating the evacuees “ to prevent terrorists from penetrating the city.” We agree that security is foremost in these perilous times and confident that our law enforcers will carry out their mission with utmost mindfulness and professionalism.

The plight of the evacuees is indeed sobering. With the opening of classes next week, we are saddened by the fact that many schools in Marawi could not open its doors for the schoolyear. We can only imagine the indescribable grief and utter loss of the families, including those soldiers who have given the highest sacrifice for the motherland, during these times. Each day that passes brings only more sorrow to the country.

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