Senators visit Marawi for public consultations on BBL

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Marawi City (CNN Philippines, January 26) — Senators visited the war-torn city on the second day of hearings and public consultations in Mindanao on the  Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL).

Lawmakers went to Marawi for the second stop of the Senate public consultation this week.

They wanted to see for themselves the impact of the five-month long war between government and Maute forces in 2017, and convince the public how the BBL will help them.

But upon arriving in the city's ground zero, they were shocked at the extent of destruction, with houses destroyed and buildings riddled with bullets holes.

Three months after the war ended, local officials said there are still 3,000 to 5,000 families living in evacuation centers.

Based on the initial assessment, Malacañang said it will require at least P49.8 billion to rebuild the city.

The next out of town public consultations will be held in Jolo, Tawi-tawi, and Basilan on the week of February 9.

In this report, CNN Philippines shows you why Senators are convinced the bill, which creates a Bangsamoro region to replace the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM), is needed to help communities in the South.