CAMP GEN EMILIO AGUINALDO, Quezon City (DWDD) – The Armed Forces of the Philippines Spokesperson, Brigadier General Restituto Padilla issued in a statement that the Philippine Army is in a continuous process of conducting clearing operations in areas formerly held by the terrorist group Maute in Marawi City.
BGen. Padilla had stated that they are also continuously and surely drawing nearer to the terrorists’ ground hideout, and are doing everything in their power to put an end to the seige being staged in the city.
In addition, BGen. Padilla confirms that the insurgents are occupying only an area less than a square kilometer as of today. Within the area are the three remaining terrorist group leaders, Isnilon Hapilon and the Maute Brothers, Omar and Abdullah, but are being hunted down and searched for to this point in time.
The AFP Spokesperson also clears that the possible threat of the Philippines being targeted or affected by the, as of now postponed, Missile Launches from North Korea to Guam is a Civil Defense Issue that is under the jurisdiction and order of the Office of Civil Defense and the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management.
The AFP, on the other hand is in-charge of the Search, Rescue, and Retrieval Operations. Should there be a need for a pre-emptive evacuation resulting in the possible imminence of a missile attack, the Armed Forces will spare no expense and deploy all units that may be of use in the process of evacuating and transferring Filipinos away from the areas of concern.
With regards to the Filipinos currently situated in Guam, although the chances of being affected are quite remote, the country’s military forces are ready and equipped to send aid, should the need arise. Brigadier General Padilla assures all Filipinos that the Armed Forces of the Philippines will, in fact, be of service of the government, the country, and most especially, the Filipino people. ALS / MCAG