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Palace assures folk affected by Lanao Sur conflict of govt aid

Sec. Martin Andanar, in file photo: Government going extra mile to help civilians affected by offensives against Maute Group in Lanao. TV5 VIDEO GRAB
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MANILA – Malacanang Sunday gave assurances that the entire government is helping residents displaced by ongoing military operations against the Maute terror group in Lanao del Sur.

”The entire government is helping all the victims of the current conflict happening in that area,” said Presidential Communications Office (PCO) Secretary Martin Andanar in an interview with dzRB.

Andanar said the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and Department of Health (DOH), in coordination win the local governments are addressing the needs of the evacuees.

A week ago, the Maute Group occupied a portion of the municipal hall of Butig town, prompting the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) to launch an offensive that left 62 Maute members dead.

The military operations forced local residents to flee their homes.

”Everybody in the government is helping because many of our countrymen have been displaced,” Andanar said.

Due to the terroristic act of the Maute group, the AFP has placed several areas in Mindanao, particularly Lanao del Sur, under red alert.

In a press briefing in Malacañang last Friday, AFP spokesman B/Gen. Restituto Padilla Jr. said the government troops will continue the operations until the local terrorist groups are permanently stopped from returning to the area.

Padilla has appealed for full cooperation from the public, saying security is not only the responsibility of the police and military but “a shared responsibility” of every Filipino.

Last Wednesday, President Rodrigo Duterte visited the wounded government troops in different hospitals in Cagayan de Oro.