AFP vows to neutralize remaining Maute terrorists in Marawi

By , on August 16, 2017


"We are firm in ending this rebellion in Marawi, and we are going to exert all efforts within the limits and bounds of the law, (and existing rules of engagement) to get the remnants of the Daesh (anoher name for ISIS)-inspired Maute Group," Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) public affairs office chief Edgard Arevalo said in an interview with reporters on Tuesday. (File photo via PNA)
“We are firm in ending this rebellion in Marawi, and we are going to exert all efforts within the limits and bounds of the law, (and existing rules of engagement) to get the remnants of the Daesh (anoher name for ISIS)-inspired Maute Group,” Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) public affairs office chief Edgard Arevalo said in an interview with reporters on Tuesday. (File photo via PNA)

MANILA — The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) vowed to exert all possible efforts to ensure that the remaining Maute Group terrorists, now pocketed in a square-kilometer area in Marawi City, are neutralized and all accounted for.

“We are firm in ending this rebellion in Marawi, and we are going to exert all efforts within the limits and bounds of the law, (and existing rules of engagement) to get the remnants of the Daesh (anoher name for ISIS)-inspired Maute Group,” Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) public affairs office chief Edgard Arevalo said in an interview with reporters on Tuesday.

Surviving Maute Group terrorists are estimated to be around 40 to 60 as their numbers continue to be whittled down by pursuing government troops since fighting started last May 23.

As of Aug. 13, Maute Group elements killed are placed at 562 along with 128 troops and 45 civilians executed.

Firearms recovered are placed at 619 along with 11 improvised explosive devices and 1,728 civilians rescued from the hands of the enemy.

Based on the military’s latest monitoring, Abu Sayyaf leader Isnilon Hapilon, Omar and Abdullah Maute, the three ranking leaders of the terror group, are still inside the city.

But Arevalo declined to comment on where these terrorist leaders are located for security and operational reasons.

  • mohammedsham

    How will you get them?? That is going to be impossible?? You would of have them by now. They will use human shields and there Captives to get there freedom. You have to sacrifice them all. If not they will be back bigger stronger and more dangerous and many many more innocent civilians will be murder and kill in the thousands. Think about it if they get free and escape ?? The Hell with Human rights think about the future of your people. Consider the Abu Sayaff and Maute captives already dead.