Philippines: Residents of war-torn Marawi reject rehabilitation plan by Chinese-led consortium for lack of local's consent
Author: Bong Sarmiento, Asia Times, Published on: 23 April 2018
"Anti-China sentiment rises from the ashes of Marawi", 18 April 2018
...Marawi...locals fume over the potential a Chinese-led consortium will rebuild their terrorism-wrecked neighborhoods without their consultation or agreement....
...[T]housands of displaced residents staged a prayer and protest rally in the embattled city castigating the China-led rehabilitation plan believed to be backed by the government.
The government has estimated the rebuild will cost over 51 billion pesos (US$1 billion).
Five Chinese firms, led by China State Construction Engineering Corp Ltd, Anhui Huali Construction Group Company, China Geo-Engineering Corp, TBEA Company and Shandong Jinyuan Homes Industry Development Co Ltd, make up the consortium.
...The devastated area will see reconstruction of a lakeside promenade, economic zone, cultural and convention centers, resorts and hotels, among other structures.
...In a strongly-worded manifesto, the Ranaw Multi-Sectoral Movement appealed to Duterte to reject the rehabilitation blueprint....
“Plans have been made without our participation. Plans that neither bear the stamp of our will nor reflect our culture,” the group’s statement said. “The will and vision of those who live far from us [Chinese companies… are being imposed upon us. This is an invasion of a different kind. This one threatens to rob our soul.”
[also refers to Future Homes Philippines Inc., A Brown Company Inc., H S Pow Construction and Development, and SDW Realty & Development Inc.]