MANILA — In honor of the fallen troops who gave their all to free Marawi City from the clutches of the remaining Maute Group terrorists, Supreme Court (SC) Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno on Tuesday directed that the Philippine flag shall be flown in half-mast in all courts nationwide from Tuesday until Friday.
“In solidarity with the families of all Filipinos who have been killed in the current situation in Marawi City, the Chief Justice has directed that the Philippine Flag shall be flown at half-staff in all courts nationwide. The colors of the Supreme Court, Court of Appeals, Sandiganbayan, and Court of Tax Appeals shall also be flown at half-staff for the same duration,” the SC Public Information Office said in a statement.
As of this posting, there are 58 government troops confirmed death and around 120 wounded in the fighting which is now entering its fourth week.
Meanwhile, the Maute Group death toll is placed at 191 terrorists.
Thirteen of the recent losses were Marine troopers who were killed in a major engagement which lasted for some 14 hours, erupted between Marine units and Maute Group terrorists at Barangay Lilot Madaya in Marawi City Friday.