THE Department of Justice (DOJ) is considering filing rebellion charges against 37 members of the terrorist Maute group and its co-conspirators who held Marawi City under siege for 154 days, a Malacanang spokesman said on Wednesday.
“Thirty-seven cases of rebellion have been filed in court against members of the Maute and the people in conspiracy with them. A special panel of investigators are looking on [filing]cases in violation of the international humanitarian law perpetrated by the Mautes,” Roque told a news conference.
“In this instance, these include taking [of]hostages, wanton killings, kidnap-for-ransom, cruel and inhumane treatment of hostages, beheading, and recruiting of children as combatants,” said Roque, a former profession of International law at the UP College of Law.
Roque also said that the rehabilitation of Marawi City would be completed within President Rodrigo Duterte’s term, which ends in June 30, 2022.
Roque said that for starters, the former main battle area, which covers 24 villages (barangay), would be flattened so that the government could build two-lane and four-lane highways, underground electricity cables and make the area a tourist attraction.
These are on top of over 7,000 permanent housing units that will be built both by the government and the private sector for the residents of Marawi.
“The goal is to complete the rehabilitation of Marawi during the term of President Duterte. That’s why we are here in Marawi to emphasize the President’s commitment to rehabilitate Marawi at the soonest time possible,” Roque said.