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Intel appreciation could have shortened Marawi war – Año


By The Philippine News Agency

If there’s anything that the military could have done differently in the five-month battle for the liberation of Marawi City against the Maute Group terrorists, it would be in intelligence appreciation.

Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Chief of Staff Gen. Eduardo Año made this statement when asked on what particular adjustments the military could have made to shorten or made the Marawi City campaign less costly or prolonged.

Around 920 terrorists were killed since the campaign in Marawi City started in May 23 while 165 troopers made the ultimate sacrifice in the course of the five-month campaign.

“Siguro yung tinatawag nating appreciation sa intelligence information, marami nang mga dumating na information but we’re busy running after terrorists in Sulu (and) Basilan in Maguindanao, so nagkulang tayo ng appreciation nathis bunch of Maute-ISIS holed somewhere in Butig and Piagapo, they did the unthinkable which is occupy Marawi, yun nagkulang tayo sa appreciation, “ he said.

And if they have time to do this, Año said the AFP could have prepared and deployed more troops and equipment to counter the terrorists aside from employing commanders skillful in the use of intelligence and developing assets in the conflict area.

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  • Ako Madamosiya 毛むくじゃら

    lackadaisical is the word.

  • Meltdown

    Should AFP employ effective intelligence operation Maute muslim rebels sieged of Marawi City could have been averted and not during military confrontation. An embarassing statement from AFP chief claiming intelligence gathering could have shorten the battle with Maute. By the way where and how did DuDirty use the P2.5 intelligence fund he took from PH treasury? Was there any accountability?

  • kmario

    Lessons learned

  • jojobautista619

    Short of admitting there is gross negligence both in appreciation of intel data and its appropriate action. On a larger perspective, similar situation in the future should be nipped in the bud at its smallest while it is starting to grow to prevent complication of a bigger problem????