FIVE members of the Daesh-inspired Maute group were killed in a clash in Marawi City on Tuesday, September 12, a top military official announced.
Brigadier General Rolando Joselito Bautista, Joint Task Force Marawi commander, said the firefight happened around 1:19 a.m., Tuesday, in the main battle area of Marawi City.
The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) refers the main battle area as the place where the Maute group members are holed up in the besieged city of Marawi.
Bautista said the firefight broke out as the troops advanced into the main battle area.
Bautista said the firefight broke out as the troops from the Marines Special Operations Group (Marsog) advanced into the main battle area.
He said the fire fight lasted for about 30 minutes that resulted to the death of five Maute group members. There was no casualty on the government troops.
He said the troops only managed to retrieve two remains of the slain Maute group members “because of dangerous circumstances.”
He said the troops have recovered two high-powered firearms and a night vision goggle.
“The troops’ fighting spirit is further boosted because of the recent strong motivation and encouragement of the Commander-in-Chief. The President’s recent presence in the main battle area has left a mark in our troops in their strong desire to end the crisis in Marawi,” Bautista said.
President Rodrigo Duterte visited the troops on Monday, September 11, to get a first hand update on the ongoing fighting in Marawi City.
Duterte stayed for two-and-a-half hours in the main battle area together with the troops along with top military officials.
“The seamless integration of troops’ inter-operability with their heightened morale in fighting the enemy has resulted to the quick and deliberate assault of enemy positions. This accomplishment shows that the enemy’s hold in Marawi City is decreasing day-by-day. It is only a matter of time that the crisis will end,” Major General Danilo Pamonag, Joint Special Operations Task Force Trident said.
The Western Mindanao Command (Wesmincom) said the firefight on Tuesday brought to 660 the total number of neutralized Maute group members and 682 firearms recovered in the ongoing offensive to quell the rebellion in Marawi City.
General Eduardo Año, AFP chief-of-staff, has commended the troops in Marawi City over the confirmed neutralization of five Maute group members who opted to continue with their terroristic ways and refused to heed the call to surrender, be treated humanely, mend their ways, and live a life of a true believer of Islam. (SunStar Philippines)