- AFP is confident the war in Marawi is completely over by November
- The military also says terrorists no longer hold hostages
- Some wives of terrorists also surrendered to the authorities
Before the calendar hits November, the conflict in Marawi City will be over, assured the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).
Rappler quoted AFP spokesperson Major General Restituto Padilla in an article it posted Sunday.
Padilla said they can assure that the clearing of the battle area will not last until November.
“Iba-iba ang takbo ng development sa battle area, pero ito po ang isang garantiya na magagawa, masasabi natin, hindi na po ito tatagal hanggang nobyembre, ‘yan po ‘yung sigurado,” said the top-ranking military official.
(There are different developments in the battle area. But what we can say is, this won’t last until November. That’s for sure.)
Meanwhile, ABS-CBN also cited the military in in a story saying that the terrorist forces do not hold hostages anymore.
“The latest number of hostages we rescued is 20… We believe that those who are inside that building have chosen to stay with their husbands,” said Colonel Romeo Brawner, deputy commander of Joint Task Group Ranao.
There were also wives of terrorists who surrendered but they would be considered “non-combatants and will undergo psycho-social debriefing,” said Brawner as cited by the ABS-CBN story.
President Rodrigo Duterte earlier announced last Tuesday the liberation of the Islamic City taken over by the Maute Group and Abu Sayyaf Group who are believed to be working with the Islamic State (ISIS).
Despite the presidential announcement, the military said they are still in the process of clearing the area from bombs and rescuing hostages there.