>> The challenge of rebuilding a city reduced to rubble. Months of clashes with Islamist militants in the Southern Philippines have left at least 650 dead and 400,000 people homeless. Officials on Friday say they are now working out how to bring normal life back to Marawi City left devastated after almost daily shootouts, artillery shelling and bombings in a bloody battle with Islamic militants.
>> Transition shelters are being considered now along with the support infrastructures like schools and markets to facilitate eventual return to normalcy of the way of life of our beloved Maranao.>> The fighting is still dragging on and Philippines' President Rodrigo Duterte says he's ready to wait up to a year to clear out militants' holed up in Marawi City's center.
The siege has sparked anxiety the conflict could spread to other parts of Asia. Friday's announcement comes just before regional leaders meet in the capital, Manila, for this weekend's ASEAN Summit. Security on the street there is tight and police are on high alert. Officials are monitoring former Maoist assassins who have joined up with pro-Islamist groups in the South.
Security forces say they are concerned the hit men may be planning to disrupt the meeting.