Marawi evacuees find refuge in Boracay

BORACAY ISLAND, Aklan -- Evacuees from Marawi are now finding a safe refuge in this tourist destination, a police official said, citing over 90 evacuees arrived here recently.

Senior Superintendent Jose Mark Gesulga, acting chief of Boracay Tourist Assistance Center, said Wednesday, June 28, that the evacuees prefer this island because of the big Muslim community and due to work and business opportunities.

The number is also expected to increase in the coming weeks, Gesulga added.

Boracay has over 2,000 Muslim population composed of over 400 families.

Aside from Boracay, some evacuees from Marawi who are in Aklan province were in the towns of Ibajay and Kalibo.

Other evacuees went to Iloilo and Capiz.

Gesulga assured the public that the Muslims entering the island were not members of the Maute Terror Group.

The police official said those who had entered the island had undergone strict profiling.

He explained that two police checkpoint areas were put up in Altavas and Ibajay to ensure those new people coming from Marawi were fully checked and accounted for.

Meanwhile, due to the increasing number of evacuees from Marawi arriving on the island, the police are closely coordinating with the Muslim community. (PNA)