|Military (Left side) fighting against Maute Group (right side). Photo credits to original owner.
The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) on Monday claimed that the military had regained complete control of Marawi City as ground commanders asserted that the end of the clashes against an ISIS-inspired group would soon come.
Thanks to our President for immediate action, kung hind din dahil sa kanya baka mas malala pa ang nangyari sa mga kababayan natin diyan sa Marawi.
AFP spokesperson Brig. Gen. Restituto Padilla Jr. belied claims that half of Marawi City was still besieged by the ISIS-inspired Maute group.
“We have complete control of the city, by the way, contrary to what is coming out in social media and other information, perhaps some fake news. It is not true that half of the city is controlled by the rebels. Totally untrue,” Padilla said during the first Mindanao Hour in Malacañang.
He, however, admitted that troops were still clearing some areas in the city.
“Our forces are in complete control of the city, except for certain areas of the city where they continue to hold. These are the subject of clearing operations that are continuously being conducted,” he said.
Ito kasing mga Maute group kaya nagpapanggap sila na ISIS kasi para makilala sila ng ISIS ng sa ganun ay lalo pang lumaki ang kanilang grupo at para suportahan sila nito. Buti na lang maagap ang Duterte Administration.
“We are in full control, meaning to say we can control who comes in and who comes out, who moves around and who doesn’t. And we’re trying to isolate all these pockets of resistance that have remained,” he added.
Padill also assured that the military would soon end the clashes in Marawi City.
“Although we do not have a timeline, but we’re seeking to end this as soon as possible. Our ground commanders have assured that the end is almost there. So, we hope to get clear results,” he said.
The firefighting in Marawi City began on May 23 after the Maute group attacked as the military tried to serve an arrest warrant on Abu Sayyaf leader Isnilon Hapilon. This prompted President Rodrigo Duterte to declare martial law in Mindanao on the same day, even if he was in Russia.
Source: GMA News