MARAWI CITY – The 148-day siege and occupation of Marawi by the ISIS-inspired Maute and Abu Sayyaf gunmen marked the Philippines’ biggest internal security crisis in years. The liberation announcement of President Rodrigo Duterte came a day after the Philippines security forces shot dead the last two surviving commanders of the militant forces, including Isnilon Hapilon — Islamic State’s so-called Southeast Asia emir and one of Asia’s most wanted terrorists.
The Philippine Army is turning their attention on clearing Marawi of improvised explosive devices, the greatest cause of troop casualties since about 500 heavily armed militants streamed into the city on May 23 declaring their intention to establish a Southeast Asian caliphate in southern Mindanao. The Philippine Army and the Philippine National Police are doing the clearing operations in the area.
With the efforts to support the Bangon Marawi program of the national government, Regional Governor of ARMM Mujiv S. Hataman with the support of all the line agencies and local funded agencies participated in the People’s Day: Kambalingan Ago Kaisaisa Ko Kalilintad program in Marawi City last October 30, 2017.
The ARMM Regional Government in partnership with the City government of Marawi and the Provincial government of Lanao welcomed the return of 4000 residents of Barangay Malutlut. ARMM line and local funded agencies delivered basic social services such as medical and psychosocial services, hygiene kits and food packs. While, the office of the Regional Darul-Ifta’ distributed malongs, prayer dresses for women (muqna), kopya (towb) and Islamic reading materials such as brochures and leaflets like anti-terrorism translated in Maranaw.
The Regional Darul-Ifta’s mandate to provide moral and spiritual leadership and guidance through continuing struggle (mujahadah) and transformation of the Bangsamoro Muslim community, and to steer them towards the realization of a “community of moderation” (Ummatan Wasatan) and “mercy to humankind” (Rahmatan Lil ‘Alameen).
The agency have been working with the Ulama in Marawi to resolve the problems of the community through its Provincial Daru-Ifta’ in the implementation of community-based Islamic symposiums promoting moderation in religion and correcting misconceptions about Islam and the teachings of the Qur’an.
The Regional Darul-Ifta’s mandate to work and collaborate with other agency in delivery of services that will help Bangsamoro communities in their quest for lasting peace by advocating moderation in religion and mercy to human kind through Da’wah, Muhadara and Nasiha wherein Muslims are enjoined to understand, comprehend and practice Islamic teachings in the right way.
In the end of the activity, all of the residents were provided with the basic social services provided by the ARMM government and other agencies. The aim to spread good words from the Qur’an and the Hadith of the Prophet Muhammad (SAW) were shared through the brochures of RDI-ARMM translated into Maranaw.