Duterte hints at leaving full Marawi restoration to affluent residents, businessmen

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 23) — President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday said affluent residents and businessmen of Marawi may fully restore the war-torn city.

Duterte made the comment during a situation briefing in Pampanga on the magnitude 6.1 earthquake that jolted parts of Luzon Monday.

"I don't think that I should be spending for their building," Duterte said.

"Hindi ako maggagasta ng ano. Maraming pera ang mga tao diyan. Every Maranao there is a businessman. Kasali na 'yung shabu, may pera sila," the President added.

[Translation: I will not spend anything, the people there have the money. Every Maranao there is a businessman. Count the shabu trade, they have the money.]

Duterte added he "doesn't think he's ready" to rebuild Marawi to its state before the 2017 siege.

He said Marawi's situation was the result of previous events.

"Man-made man ang calamity doon (the calamity was man-made. It was bound to happen because of what they were doing there," Duterte said.

More than 900 terrorists, 47 civilians and 165 government troops were killed during the May 2017 siege. Some 300,000 residents were displaced, while houses and buildings were turned to rubble.

The government has set aside ₱67.99 billion for the city's comprehensive rehabilitation. As of February, the Finance Department said over ₱40 billion has been raised through concessional loans as well as international grants.

Task Force Bangon Marawi earlier said authorities hope to complete the rehabilitation by December 2021.