4 ‘missing’ Marawi teachers found


COTABATO CITY — Four of the more than 700 teachers reported missing since the outbreak of hostilities in Marawi City have been found, education officials today said.

Ana Zenaida Unte, Marawi City assistant schools superintendent, identified the four female teachers as Tanjirea Mascara, Baisnang Deron, Baimona Tomawis and Zhayna Sabarat.

“They are all safe. They fled and stayed in relatives homes in Saguiaran town,” Unte said in a phone interview.

DepEd-Marawi City office has established desks and formed tracking team to locate the teachers so the ARMM crisis management committee and humanitarian units could extend help, food and medicine.

ARMM Vice Gov. Haroun Al-Rashid Lucman, said Tuesday municipal social welfare offices in Lanao del Sur have enlisted the help of barangay officials in tracing their whereabouts.

“The town mayors were asked to help. We are optimistic of breakthroughs in the coming days,” Lucman, also ARMM regional social welfare secretary, added.

Education officials also said that the unaccounted teachers could have fled to far places afraid of threats from Maute and Abu Sayyaf Group.

Marawi City schools division has 1,424 teachers and only about 700 have reported their present locations to the division office of to their principal and district supervisors.

Also unaccounted for in the on-going hostilities were about 55 police officers assigned in the city and nearby towns in Lanao del Sur.

Chief Supt. Reuben Sindac, ARMM police director, said the rescue of four policemen Tuesday has reduced the number of police who remained unaccounted.

He said in a phone interview that efforts are underway to locate them even as he appealed to relatives of Marawi City police officers to report their status to nearest police station.

Sindac was hopeful nothing bad had happened to his missing subordinantes. PNA-northboundasia.com