PHILIPPINE Constitution Association (Philconsa) President Martin Romualdez yesterday called for unity
as the Duterte administration begins rehabilitating Marawi City.
Romualdez, a former House Independent Bloc Leader and a three-term Leyte congressman, said now
is the opportune time for all sectors to support President Rodrigo Duterte’s rebuilding of Marawi City
following his strong resolve to end the Maute terrorism.
He said the victory of state forces should be followed by a call for unity to back
government’s strategy to help rebuild Marawi City.
“With the liberation of Marawi City, let us stop dividing the nation. Critics should start
supporting President Duterte’s strong resolve to finish the terrorism in Mindanao. A call for unity is
in order so that we can win the battle and the bigger task of returning the city to normalcy,” said
For her part, Leyte Rep. Yedda Marie Kittilstvedt-Romualdez, Romualdez’s wife, stressed the
importance of guaranteeing the continued relief and assistance during the rehabilitation program.
“Let us stand united behind President Duterte who is doing his very best to fight terrorists in
Marawi City,” said Yedda Romualdez, a vice chairperson of the House committee on government enterprises
Yedda reiterated her call for the passage of a consolidated bill seeking to create a new
department that would exclusively focus on disaster response and help expedite the massive and well-
organized reconstruction of Marawi City.
Deputy Speaker and Batangas Rep. Raneo Abu echoed the Romualdez couple’s call, explaining
“rehabilitating Marawi City is another huge and tough challenge.”
“We have to give our full support for the recovery, rehabilitation and rebuilding effort in
Marawi City because this is another bigger task that we have to accomplish,” said Abu.
As this developed, Quezon City Rep. Winston “Winnie” Castelo, who chairs the House committee
on Metro Manila development, said the rebuilding of Marawi City should be well-planned by ensuring
proper zoning and forward-looking infrastructures.
“Rather than just construct and build at will, the administration should get the services of
urban master planners to build an entirely new and well-planned city out of the rubble of war,” Castelo
With proper zoning, Castelo said land use can be optimized, with designated areas for
government, commercial, residential, light industrial, tourism and other uses.
Parañaque City Rep. Gus Tambunting, who chairs the House committee on games and amusement, said
appointing a Marawi rehab czar is a “welcome initiative to install safety measures for the use of
“In this case, appointing a rehab czar will mean that there is a single person accountable to
the people for the speedy and cost effective rehab of Marawi. We will support this, but the President
must appoint someone with an impeccable record in government service to help assure people that every
single centavo spent to bring Marawi up from the ashes is spent correctly in the best way possible to
help all citizens of Marawi. We must work hard to rebuild Marawi as a symbol of brotherhood and
solidarity with our Muslim countrymen,” Tambunting stressed.