End of Marawi crisis to be declared on Sunday

The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) is ready to declare on Sunday that crisis in Marawi City has ended.

This is after five months of battle between government forces and the Maute terrorists.

Western Mindanao Command (WESMINCOM) Chief Lieutenant General Carlito Galvez gave the timetable.

"Tomorrow. Meron tayong hinahanap pang mga personalities (we are still looking for some personalities)," he said when asked by newsmen.

Galvez said five individuals are leading the remnants of Maute terrorists following the deaths of Omar Maute, Abu Sayyaf leader Isnilon Hapilon and Malaysian terrorist Dr. Mahmud Ahmad.

The AFP is now going after the three children of Hapilon, Indonesian terrorist Amin Bacu and an Indonesian terrorist.

The military operations are confined to five buildings where about 20 Maute fighters are reportedly hiding.

Meanwhile, the second batch of soldiers who fought in Marawi City are arriving at Villamor Air Base in Pasay City on Saturday afternoon.

A send-off ceremony was held for them on Saturday morning.


Topics: Marawi , AFP , Maute , siege
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