Duterte renews vow to 'expedite' Marawi rehab

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, CNN Philippines, October 16) — President Rodrigo Duterte said his administration is committed to speed up the rehabilitation of war-torn Marawi, as the city marks the fourth year of liberation.

The President on Saturday led the commemoration at the Rizal Park in Marawi, Lanao del Sur, where he also inspected the newly-constructed Jameo Mindanao Al-Islamie or the Grand Mosque.

In his speech, Duterte stressed that the government "is doing its best to expedite the completion of rehabilitation projects at the soonest possible time."

Government officials and Malacañang have been reiterating that the Marawi rehabilitation will be completed before Duterte's term ends in 2022, or almost five years after Marawi was freed from Maute terrorists.

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"We, in the government, are strongly committed to bring back the city's glory and we will continue to foster cooperation among concerned stakeholders so that Marawi will be able to build back better and stronger," Duterte said.

The President also praised local officials and the Task Force Bangon Marawi for accomplishing the programs, projects, and activities under the Bangon Marawi Comprehensive Rehabilitation and Recovery Program.

"Let me again give recognition to our soldiers and police personnel and local constituency for their bravery, sacrifice, and determination in defending and liberating Marawi City after five months of battle," Duterte said.

"I pray to God that it will never happen ever again," he added.

Duterte also said his administration "remains steadfast in securing our nation against terrorism, violent extremism, and other lawless elements."