Marawi Bishop Edwin dela Peña appeals to President Rodrigo Duterte on September 19, to allow some displaced families to return home.
“We humbly ask President Rodrigo Duterte to allow some of the displaced families to return home, particularly those who live in secured and government-controlled areas away from ground zero,” Dela Peña said.
The Bishop also urges Christians to help Muslim communities there.
“This is a critical moment in the history of Muslim-Christian relations in Marawi. This will either bring us closer or will widen the gap,” Dela Peña said.
Also, according to Bishop, the peace in Marawi will not only benefit the Maranaos but the whole of humanity.
Let us show to the world that violent extremist ideas will not flourish in our lands.” He said.
Meanwhile, the violence in Marawi erupted in May 23 after the after the Army raided the hideout of Isnilon Hapilon, the leader of the Abu Sayyaf militant group who has pledged allegiance of IS. Thus, this incident urged President Duterte to place the entire Mindanao Island under martial rule.