Fallen soldiers at Viliamor; Duterte meets MILF

Fallen soldiers arrived at Villamor Airbase.  Alt Team AFP reports the arrival ceremony was solemn. They fell in the Battle of Marawi City as the Armed Forces retakes the city from the Maute terrorist Group following the declaration of Martial Law by President Duterte. Meanwhile, President Duterte was in Davao meeting with MILF.

The military reports that up to 90% of Marawi City is under government control.

How the Siege of Marawi started

General Eduardo Año on Tuesday said that the Maute Group planned attacks during the holy month of Ramadan to earn recognition as a regional branch of Islamic State.  At least a hundred militant troops, and civilians were killed.

Maute Group’s siege of Marawi City followed an unsuccessful raid by the Army to capture Isnilon Hapilon. Hapilon is the leader of the Maute Group.  He escaped. Maute Group then began torching buildings and taking hostages. Marawi City has a population of 200,000 people, and is mostly a Muslim city. Año added that Maute Group were prepared with weapons because of their previous attack plot. GMA News has a timeline of events on the Marawi siege.

 

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