President Rodrigo Duterte declared on Tuesday the liberation of besieged Marawi City from terrorists. It was exactly 150 days now after the war erupted on May 23.
“I hereby declare Marawi City Liberated from the terrorist influence that marks the beginning of rehabilitation of Marawi.” the President said during his visit to Marawi.
On Monday, photos of bloodied remains of Abu Sayyaf leader Isnilon Hapilon and one of the three Maute brothers, Omar Maute were exposed by military leaders and plastered all over social media.
However, the spokespersons for the military clarified that the fighting against a few remaining terrorists continued along with efforts to rescue hostages.
“We are going to get them very soon. We’re making sure no hostages and fighters are left,” said Col. Romeo Brawner Jr., deputy commander of the military task force fighting the terrorists.
On the other hand, the Malacañang called on the remaining terrorists to surrender after the deaths of their last two leaders.
Meanwhile, the armed forces of the Philippines reported that as of October 16, 824 terrorists were killed, 827 firearms were covered, and 1,771 hostages were rescued. While on the part of the government, 162 soldiers were killed and 1,000 others were wounded in action.