A military official confirmed that only less than 50 Maute fighters are left in Marawi City.
It has been a long battle for both sides but the Armed Forced of the Philippines is now looking positive that the end of the war is near. The AFP is now able to disclose that a figure of less than 50 Maute rebels are left fighting against them.
Colonel Romeo Brawner, deputy commander of Joint Task Force Ranao is optimistic that the rebels have already weakened their offenses but admits that the fight is still not over. He denied claims that the war will end exactly on October 1, a day after the September 30 deadline set by Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana. He was quoted by GMA saying: “Hindi. Hindi ngayong araw na ito.” [No, not today.]
In celebration of the Feast of St. Therese, the military held a mass at the St. Mary’s Cathedral for the first time since the war began in Marawi City. Brawner added, “Feast of St. Therese itong araw na ‘to, that is one of the patron saints of the military, so parang humihingi tayo ng kuwan, siguro blessings na para matapos na kaagad ito.” [Today is the Feast of St. Therese and she is one of the patron saints of the military. So, we were asking for blessings that all these fighting will end soon.]
Earlier this month, the AFP was pleased to announced that they were able to capture two strongholds from the Maute group, as per an earlier article by Kicker Daily News.