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OPAPRU: Honor the Marawi heroes by averting future conflict.

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According to Carlito Galvez Jr., chief secretary of the Office of the Presidential Adviser on Peace, Reconciliation, and Unity (OPAPRU), the best way to remember the troops who gave their lives to free Marawi City from terrorist control is to make sure that it never happens again.

He continued by tackling the “drivers of armed conflict,” peace players are now concentrating on this mission.

“Let us remember our dead warriors for their courage, selflessness, and heroism as we place these wreaths on their graves. They sacrificed their lives…so that others might live, Galvez said in his remarks on Monday at the Libingan ng mga Bayani in Taguig City, marking the fifth anniversary of the liberation of Marawi City.

During the five-month operation to reclaim Marawi City from terrorists, Galvez, who was in charge of Western Mindanao Command, said recollections of the operation are still vivid.

Additionally, he remembered spending the night at the soldiers’ wakes when he had to comfort the widows and other family members.

These were some of the hardest times in his military career, according to Galvez, who subsequently rose to chief of staff for the Armed Forces of the Philippines.

“We are witnessing Marawi emerge from the ashes slowly but certainly. With the building of new roads, bridges, schools, and other crucial infrastructure, the pace of rehabilitation activities continues to accelerate, he continued.

Beyond the city’s physical reconstruction, Galvez said he was happy to see that the siege’s damage to the social fabric is finally being restored as the healing process for war victims is now underway.

He stated that we are having peace discussions with those impacted by the war, particularly with the most vulnerable sectors, under our agency’s Social Healing and Peace-Building Office.

“We are giving women, youth, and children opportunities to voice their perspectives and experiences through our discussions with them, and by doing so, we are allowing them to recover from the trauma and reconstruct their lives,” he continued.

Galvez, in the meantime, expressed gratitude to the families of the deceased troops for their ultimate sacrifice and promised to remember and commemorate their courage.

“The freedom we now have is due to them. I will continue to honor the memory of the dead as long as I am alive by striving for an all-pervasive and all-inclusive peace in our nation,” he stated.

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