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90% of Marawi cleared by troops

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By Genalyn Kabiling

Around 90 percent of Marawi City had been cleared of the Maute terror group due to intensified military operations while eight rebels have surrendered to authorities, a military spokesman said on Wednesday.

Members of the police special forces maneuver as they assault Muslim militants' hide out near the city hall in Marawi. (AFP PHOTO / TED ALJIBE / MANILA BULLETIN)

Members of the police special forces maneuver as they assault Muslim militants’ hide out near the city hall in Marawi.
(AFP PHOTO / TED ALJIBE / MANILA BULLETIN)

Military offensives are now directed at remaining 10 percent of the city heavily guarded by the extremists, according to Armed Forces spokesman Brig. Gen. Restituto Padilla.

“Some of our fighting forces, estimate that they will reach about 90 percent completely cleared and a little bit more than 10 percent more to go,” Padilla said in a Palace press briefing.

“However, that 10 percent is most likely going to be the area that will be heavily guarded and defended by these armed men if they are protecting any individual of high value,” he said.

Padilla said eight militants holed up in Marawi City have surrendered to the military. “And these individuals have been talked to and debriefed and have provided very, very valuable intelligence,” he added.

So far, 89 militants have been killed in the firefight while government casualties reached 21. At least 91 firearms have been recovered from the rebels.

Padilla said the military is confident there has been no collateral damage, particularly on lives of innocent people, during the air strikes on enemy targets. “On property meron, pero on lives wala,” he said.

He assured the military abides by all established rules and protocols amid the Marawi conflict, and will use military power only as needed. “Our rules of engagements have not changed. We put priority on civilian lives and private property,” he said.

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  • Human_factor

    Ironic of declaring martial law in Mindanao where the problem is only limited and coantained in Marawi City due to police and military ineffeciency where large numbers of Maute muslim rebels managed or indirectly allowed to enter the rural areas without being detected, or it could be part of DuDirty’s machination of justifying his martial law declaration. Sign of narcissism or over dose of Fentanyl?

  • vladimirski

    why some of our soldiers are wearing sneakers

  • zphka

    very good. hopefully the last bit will take a while, so that a large number of dirty muslim terrorists can be killed. they muslims should pay a lot for this, so that justice is served.