BUTIG, Lanao Del Sur (DWDD) – Armed Forces of the Philippines Chief of Staff General Ricardo Visaya expresses his elation that our troops have successfully retaken the old municipal hall of Butig from the Maute terror group.
According to AFP Public Affairs Office Chief Marine Col Edgard Arevalo, the success was not without the cost of life and limb of the lawless group, and the sweat and blood of our soldiers, but it has to be so to ensure that our people will live peacefully knowing that their soldiers are there to protect them.
Arevalo added that in order to fully defeat the enemies of the state, they need the support and cooperation of our countrymen and exhort them to be vigilant and resist the influence of terrorists and other lawless groups.”
In a report by AFP Western Windanao Command (WESMINCOM) spokesman Major Filemon Tan Jr., President Rodrigo R Duterte visited troops in a Tactical Command Post in Lumbayanague.
As of the latest, 85% to 90% of the poblacion has been retaken, while clearing operations are still ongoing. The government has sustained 35 Wounded in Action (WIA) while the Maute terror group sustained 61 members killed and 12 wounded. AES / ALS / MCAG