“These (Marawi gunmen) are young people who have their own interpretation of the Koran and who do not respect their own elders”, Sani told AFP.
The Supreme Court (SC) has consolidated the two petitions that seek to compel Congress to convene jointly and act to revoke or extend President Duterte’s declaration of martial law (ML) and suspension of the writ of habeas corpus in Mindanao.
Government soldiers conduct a foot patrol after a security inspection, as they continue their assault against insurgents from the Maute group, who have taken over large parts of Marawi City, Philippines June 17, 2017.
Addressing soldiers of the 401st Brigade under the 4th Infantry Divisions’ advance command post in Bancasi, Butuan City, Duterte acknowledged that government “adopted a very soft policy towards rebels” in view of the peace processes with the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) and Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF).
Leyte Rep. Yedda Marie Kittilstvedt-Romualdez, vice chairperson of the House committee on government enterprises and privatization, said Congress will always be reasonable to support the President’s determination to address the Marawi crisis.
Marawi City is now inaccessible to humanitarian organizations.
“It’s the center of gravity”.
Military spokesman Brig. Gen. Restituto Padilla said.
Padilla said the military will no longer give any self-imposed deadlines on when the militants would be driven out after failing to meet previous ones they had set. Officials say around 600 civilians are still trapped in Marawi, waiting to be rescued.
Coincidence or not, the arrest of a suspected Maute terrorist bomber in Cagayan de Oro comes just as the Supreme Court has ended oral arguments on the legality or validity of President Rodrigo Duterte’s declaration of martial law in Mindanao.
It is expected that displaced families will be unable to return home for at least the next three months due to the destruction inside Marawi City and surrounding areas. “Especially those registered as fishing boats boarding so many persons, that is really suspicious”, Reyes said.
“We stand ready to help…”
Duterte noted that the Maute Group took advantage of the situation by “bringing firearms surreptitiously” into Marawi City.
Reyes said patrol boats and gunboats have been placed along “strategic areas”.
“We’re not denying that there’s probably a few who may have slipped along with the evacuees from Marawi going to Iligan and Cagayan de Oro”, he told reporters in Manila, while OV-10 aircraft in Marawi pounded an area where militants have been holed up since May 23.
Eight supporters and members of the Maute have been arrested by the army and the police, Gapay noted.