Marawi Siege Confined To Over 2 Barangays, According To AFP
The Marawi siege was now reduced to just 2 and a half barangay or less than one square kilometer, according to the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).
The extended gun battle between the Maute Terror Group and the government forces in Marawi City rages for over 10 weeks now since it was started last May 23, 2017. The sporadic firefight between the two groups has turned the area into a chaotic scenery, which severely affects its residents.
President Rodrigo Duterte has declared the entire region of Mindanao under the martial law to handle the crisis and prevent the extremists to transfer from place to place. Around 45 civilians, 114 soldiers, and 471 rebels have already died in the exchange of deafening gun shots in the city.
Recently, Brig. Gen. Restituto Padilla, the spokesperson of AFP said that the militaries were determined and persevered to accomplish their mission as soon as possible despite the increasing numbers of casualties.
“Despite the number of casualties and wounded that we have had in the past few weeks, this does not deter the troops and our ground commanders from pursuing the mission and accomplishing the much-needed liberation of Marawi,” said by Padilla quoted by Inquirer.
On Friday (July 28, 2017), the military said that the siege in Marawi was confined to just two and a half barangay or less than one square kilometer. The soldiers were also in high spirits to finish this operation for the good of everyone.
Meanwhile, there are some private sectors who give donations for the families of the slain soldiers. The government’s Landbank account for AFP casualties in Marawi has received an amount of P108 million.
P834, 000 was also donated to the Landbank account for the internally displaced persons in the beleaguered city. Aside from the bank donations, an amount of P1.25 million from Go Negosyo partners was given to the families of the slain soldiers.
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