CAMP GEN EMILIO AGUINALDO, Quezon City (DWDD) – Defense Secretary Delfin N Lorenzana has confirmed reports from Armed Fofrces of the Philippines ground commanders in the City of Marawi that the operation conducted by government forces to retake the last remaining Daesh-Maute stronghold in the city has resulted in the neutralization of the last terrorist leaders Isnilon Hapilon and Omar Maute, and that their bodies have been recovered by operating units.
The troops also were able to 17 civilian hostages and they are now conducting mopping up operations against any Daesh-Maute stragglers in the main battle are.
The secretary also assured the public that they will announce the soonest possible time the termination of hostilities once government forces have ensured that there are no more presence of terrorist or their supporters in the city and they have cleared all structures of any improvised explosive devices, booby traps, and / or unexploded ordnance.
After the fighting stops, the government will refocus their efforts on the challenging task of rebuilding and rehabilitating the Islamic City of Marawi. AES/ALS