- AFP clarified that no deadline was set to end the Marawi City crisis
- A military official was earlier quoted as saying that the war in the city would be over in October 15
- At least 20 hostages are still being held captives by the terrorists
The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) clarified that it did not set a new deadline to end the ongoing battle in Marawi City.
During a press briefing in Malacañang on Monday, October 9, AFP spokesman Brig. Gen. Restituto Padilla denied that the military issued a categorical statement that the war in Marawi City which has been raging for more than four months will be over in a week.
“I asked our troops regarding the deadline. I was informed there was none,” Padilla said; adding that deadlines put pressure on the troops.
“Even the AFP chief does not want to put pressure on the troops because we know that any kind of pressure may lead to more casualties on our part,” Padilla explained.
According to Philstar, the AFP’s statement was issued after Joint Task Force Ranao deputy commander Col. Romeo Brawner was reportedly quoted as saying that the Marawi crisis will be over on October 15.
Padilla said that as much as the AFP wants to immediately put an end to the crisis, the presence of around 20 hostages still in the hands of terrorists makes the military operations more complicated.