DAVAO CITY – With the five-month long Marawi crisis over, President Rodrigo Duterte wants a new army camp to be established in Marawi.
“I will create a new camp, maybe one regiment or one division within the vicinity of the greater Marawi area,” Duterte said during a press conference at the Davao International Airport on October 31, shortly after arriving from his official visit in Japan.
Duterte further emphasized that the military won’t claim huge tracts of land to be used as military reservation.
“Well, it is a huge tract of land. Ang military naman is ready; just give them a little bit of space where they can conduct everything they should know about soldiering,” he said.
He added that he would concede the Marawi proper to the Moros (Meranaws).
A 1953 Presidential proclamation has set aside 6,000 hectares in Marawi as a military reservation. The reservation would include bulk of Marawi City whose total area is 8,700 hectares.
The military earlier had said it wouldn’t claim the lands under the 1953 reservation.
To date, Camp Ranao is the main army camp in Marawi, housing to a brigade-sized army unit.PIA
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