Boracay Island Is Now The New Safe Refuge Of Marawi Evacuees Due To The Ongoing Conflict In The Besieged City
Boracay Island, the popular tourist destination is now the new safe refuge of over 90 Marawi evacuees, according to a police official.
On Wednesday (June 28, 2017), Senior Superintendent Jose Mark Gesulga, acting chief of Boracay Tourist Assistance Center said that Marawi evacuees selected the tourist spot due to its huge Muslim community a lot of business and work opportunities.
Gesulga also expected that the number of evacuees was expected to increase in the upcoming weeks. The tourist destination was composed of more than 400 families of over 2, 000 Muslim population.
The towns of Ibajay and Kalibo in Aklan has also become the safe refuge of some evacuees from the beleaguered city. While some of the Marawi evacuees went to Iloilo and Capiz.
Gesulga also assured the public that the Marawi evacuees composed of Muslim people were not a member or related to the Maute Terror Group. He also explained that the evacuees had undergone strict profiling before entering the island.
The police official also said that the evacuees have passed through two police checkpoint in Altavas and Ibajay to fully check the new people coming from Marawi City. The authorities were currently coordinating with the Muslim community to ensure the safety on the island due to the increasing number of evacuees.
The evacuees who found safe refuge in Boracay leaves Marawi City because of the deafening gun battle between the Maute Group and government forces, which turned the entire city into a chaotic scenery.
The sporadic firefight between the government troops and the terrorists started when the militaries raided the hideout of Abu Sayyaf leader Isnilon Hapilon who was also dubbed as Amir of ISIS.
Hapilon allegedly calls for reinforcement from Maute Group who fought back the government forces in Marawi City, which caused the ongoing conflict in the province. As of now, the entire Mindanao region is under martial law as declared by President Rodrigo Duterte.
What can you say about this? Just feel free to leave your comments and reactions for this article.