CAMP GEN EMILIO AGUINALDO, Quezon City (DWDD) – The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) is appealing to the public for more patience as we all await the end of the Marawi siege.
According to AFP Public Affairs Office Chief Marine Col. Edgard Arevalo, they would like to ask the public to have more patience just in case the AFP does not meet the ‘expectations’ of the people to end the conflict the soonest possible time because there are so many obstacle hampering their operations.
In his explanation, the AFP needs more time to fully regain control of Marawi from the hands of the Daesh-inspired Maute terror group. But, despite the obvious weakening of the groups forces, as shown by the successful retaking of strategic areas and structures in the main battle zone, they cannot be taken for granted as they are growing more desperate.
Arevalo added that the Maute group has placed a number of Improvised Explosive Device or IED around the remaining areas they control and they are still holding a number of hostages that they use as “human shield”.
As of the moment, government forces have shrunk the area the Maute are freely moving around from 10 hectares last week to only 9 to 8 hectares. AES/ALS