CAMP GEN EMILIO AGUINALDO, Quezon City (DWDD) – The Maute-IS group is weakening, with the surrender recently of forty-two (42) of their members.
This was confirmed by Armed Forces of the Philippines Chief of Staff General Carlito Galvez.
With the latest surrender of a big number of Maute-IS members, the AFP is confident that even the support that this group is receiving is also dwindling.
Gen Galvez said that initially, there just ten (10) surrenderees, but after President Rodrigo Duterte had a conversation with them, this number has doubled.
He added that the recent Maute-IS surrenderees belong to a group they termed as PSR-listed and are known with the organization. Galvez believes that the success of the surrender efforts is due to the support of Local Government officials and the continuous rehabilitation of Marawi.
Meanwhile, Galvez stated that they have to confirm if Abu Dar is the new leader of the Maute-IS group, because he was the only survivor among the ten (10) leaders of the terror group that planned the Marawi siege.
” Abu Dar is the only remaining significant figure, all of the nine have been killed and neutralized already during the battle of Marawi,” said Galvez.
Galvez added that the AFP is strengthening its intelligence monitoring to neutralize Abu Dar and the remaining Maute-IS members. He is also not in favor in the lifting of Martial Law in Mindanao, since the ML has helped the AFP in the success of its various campaign against terrorism.