Amid the ongoing war between the military and ISIS-inspired terrorist groups in Marawi City, the Mindanao State University-Main Campus pushed through with the opening of its classes for the school year 2017-2018 three months since the attacks and fightings began.
In an article from Inquirer.net, among those who came back to attend classes are children of some of the evacuees who are now residing at evacuation centers in Iligan City.
To date, there are about 8,000 students who enrolled for the school year 2017-2018 in the state-run university’s Marawi Campus from which there is no definite number of students who attended their classes at the opening of classes yesterday, August 22.
However, at 5 in the morning yesterday before classes officially started, another fight broke out between military troops and an unidentified armed group in the nearby municipality of Marantao.
Military Task Force Marawi Spokesperson Capt. Jo-ann Petinglay confirmed that there are no reported individuals who are injured and that it did not distract classes that are expected to start prior to the incident.
In addition, Brig. General Felicisimo Budiongan said that the clash is an isolated incident and had no relation with the opening of classes.
Budiongan said the military will do everything to maintain the peace and security around MSU.
Lanao del Sur Vice Governor Mamintal Alonto Adiong Sr. said the enduring scare of terrorism in the city will not stop the school from going back to its normal routine of conducting classes and encouraging their students to finish their studies.
“We stood up against them. We would fight terror and we would not allow terror to defeat us,” Adiong said.