The role of the United States Special Forces in Marawi fighting is not a big deal, a military official here said Tuesday.
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Government troops suffered 13 casualties on Friday, Day 18 of the fight against the local terrorist groups here.
As the entire nation is set to celebrate the 119th Independence day on June 12, the Armed Forces of the Philippines has set it as deadline to liberate the besieged Marawi City from the ISIS-linked Maute group.
Dozens of high-powered firearms are recovered by government troops from the Maute group in Marawi City. The firearms are supposed to be presented to President Rodrigo Duterte during his scheduled visit at the 103rd Infantry Brigade in Marawi. (Zea Io Ming C. Capistrano/davaotoday.com)
With the capture of leading personalities in the Maute Group, Eastern Mindanao Command Deputy Spokesperson Brig. Gen. Gilbert Gapay said there will be more arrests as the army turns more “aggressive and proactive” in hunting those wanted by the government in relation to the Marawi siege.
Army spokesperson Capt. Rhyan Batchar said the government’s anti-insurgency campaign against the New People’s Army remains unabated despite the ongoing Marawi seige.
A member of the Philippine National Police feeds an abandoned cat during lunch break in the midst of the continuing military offensives against the Maute Group in Marawi. (Alexander Lopez/davaotoday.com)
The PASAKA Confederation of Lumad Organizations in Southern Mindanao, an alliance of several town-based Lumad organizations expressed indignation at the joint resolution issued by the Regional Peace and Order Council 11 and the Regional Defense Council 11, which urged the office of the president to review the existing memorandum of agreement between the Department of Social Welfare and Development and PASAKA.
Simultaneous attacks by New People’s Army guerrillas on a police station and reinforcement troops resulted to the death of three police personnel and seven soldiers including a lieutenant.
“Since 28 January up to this moment, this exact moment, I can attest that there are still military forces camping in our community, 7 houses are occupied including mine” Christina Lantao said.