SUPREME Court Chief Justice Justice Maria Loudes Sereno said the judiciary is sorrowful over the death of soldiers who fought against the members of the Islamic State-inspired Maute group in Marawi City.
To date, 58 government forces have been killed, 11 of them died by friendly fire in the course of the implementation of martial law in Mindanao.
Just last Saturday, the military announced the death of 13 Marines in a 14-hour gun battle against the Maute group.
"The judiciary pays homage to all Filipino heroes; draws inspiration from them; reflects with sorrow on the fallen in Marawi; and renews its commitment to the people to defend their freedom," Sereno said in her independence day statement on Monday.
The Chief Justice said the DNA of those who have fought for the country's freedom lives up to this very day.
"June 12, 1898 was a day of our forefathers, armed only with an indomitable faith in the filipino's destiny, fought for and won at great cost. They charged through the most difficult obstacles so that our nation could live free. Their DNA lives on today in all those who continue to give all they have to ensure that our nation remains free," Sereno said. (SunStar Philippines)