Camp Ranao, Marawi City – Troops confronting the Daesh-inspired Maute/ASG in house to house battle recovered voluminous cash ammounting to 52,200,000 Pesos in Marawi today.
Marine forces doing house to house clearing against the terrorists recovered the amount and under constant fire, a team extricated the area to surrender the millions to the Hqs of Task Force Marawi.
The recovered money will be for safekeeping of proper authorities until appropriate investigation is conducted and proper identification of owner is estanlished.
Lt. Gen. Carlito Galvez, commander of Western Mindanao Command lauded the troops for a splendid job and vowed to make every possible step to safeguard the properties of the people of Marawi and take all actions to free remaining trapped civilians inside terrorists’ stronghold.
“I commend and salute our troops for keeping the highest standard of discipline, valor and commitment in safeguarding Marawi and defending the community from terror elements. We will persevere in taking steps to minimize the hardships of our people in Marawi when they come back home” Lt. Gen. Galvez said.
“Our soldiers are committed to make all possible actions to free all trapped civilians in Marawi even at risk of their own lives” Lt. Gen. Galvez assured the public.
Brig. Gen. Joselito Rolando Bautista, commander of Task Force Marawi also commended troops for their act of honesty as he ponted the destruction done by terrorists. “We are proud of our soldiers in the field. Their commendable actions in caring for our people bespeak of the best practices in the AFP” Brig. Gen. Bautista said.
“This is a proof that our soldiers do not engage in looting and the AFP will not tolerate such. This also breaks the propaganda of Maute/ASG and their symphatizers in peddling twisted data and disinformation accusing our soldiers of every conceivable crime. In contrast, the Maute/ASG vandalized, looted and burned school buildings, hospital rooms, houses and destroyed many properties in Marawi” Brig. Gen. Bautista concluded.