TIMELINE | Gov't forces, Maute group clash in Marawi City

Shara Mae Balce
PUBLISHED May 24, 2017 09:48 am | UPDATED May 26, 2017 11:13 am
Photo courtesy of AFP

(Inside Manila) Two days before the fasting month of Ramadan starts, loud explosions and gunshots jolted the residents of Marawi City in Lanao del Sur on Tuesday, May 23.

The clash erupted between government troops and Maute Group, which has pledge alliance to the dreaded Middle Eastern terror group Islamic State (ISIS).

Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and Philippine National Police (PNP) conducted a joint operation to capture Isnilon Hapilon, former leader of the Abu Sayyaf. The Maute and Abu Sayyaf were an "emphatizer" of ISIS and vowed to work together against the Philippine government.

Below is a timeline of events, to be updated as reports come in, that happened in the course of Marawi City firefight. The times stated are estimates.

May 23, Tuesday

2 pm A clash started as the military launched a surgical strike against “high-value targets”—Maute Group and Abu Sayyaf Group—in Barangay Basak Malutlut.

The attack stemmed from reports regarding the presence of around 15 armed men, who were suspected to do terrorist attacks in the area.

4:30 pm Two planes from the Air Force launched attacks along the border of Lanao del Sur.

5 pm The ISIS black flag was seen in front of the Amai Pakpak Medical Center and in the cars used by the insurgents.

6:35 pm Police visibility in Cagayan de Oro downtown area heightened following the attack in Marawi City by alleged members of the Maute group.

Police said they will intensify checkpoints in Iligan City and in Talakag, Bukidnon which is a gateway route to Lanao del Sur to make sure the tension won't escalate.

7:28 pm National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon said the AFP was in full control of the situation. Esperon said they were updating President Rodrigo Duterte, as reports arrive from the Philippines. He said the military has 4 injured soldiers.

8:30 pm Marawi City Mayor Majul Gandamra calls on the government for reinforcements, as they do not see military and police forces in the immediate vicinity.

9:13 pm Senior Supt. Rolly Andaya, deputy regional director of PNP ARMM, confirmed that Dansalan College and Marawi City Jail were on fire. Andaya did not provide further details whether the buildings were deliberately torched by Maute members or set ablaze during the encounter

9:45 pm AFP chief Gen. Eduardo Año revealed that one soldier was killed while eight others were wounded in the firefight.

10:30 pm President Rodrigo Duterte declared martial law in entire Mindanao, effective 10:00 p.m., presidential spokesman Ernesto Abella said in a press briefing in Moscow. 

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said 2 soldiers and one police officer were killed, while 12 others were wounded in ongoing clashes in Marawi City.

Lorenzana said the Maute group has set the St. Mary’s Church on fire, as well as the Marawi City Jail, the Ninoy Aquino School, and Dansalan College. 

11:45 pm The British Embassy releases a travel advisory due to the clashes in Marawi


6 am Provincial Social Welfare Officer Hja Bai Yasmira Pangadapun of the DSWD in Marawi says as early as 6 a.m., several residents in Marawi have evacuated the city due to the ongoing crisis.

7am (Manila Time) President Rodrigo Duterte is on his way to the Philippines, cutting short his Russia visit.

9am Officials said the firefights in the city has stopped, but the "ISIS-inspired" group are still seen in the area.

Business establishments remain closed and the city government is waiting for the arrival of more troops from the AFP.

10am Reports on hostages have been sent to the media including teachers, a priest, and a 12 parishioners being caught by terrorists in different parts of Marawi.

4pm Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio announced the lockdown in Davao City, setting guidelines in the area for “hold-and-secure” policy amid the terrorist attacks.

The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) puts on red alert status all Mindanao regional councils and the Office of Civil Defense.

Tightened security measures were set to prevent revengeful outbreaks in Davao.

4:45pm President Duterte arrived in the Philippines from his state visit in Russia.

5pm Chairman of military public affairs office Col. Edgard Arevalo says 5 security forces have been killed and 28 more are wounded.

6pm Reportedly, there are nine civilians have been waylaid at a checkpoint and shot to death.

At least 13 members of the Maute Group have been killed in the clashes, according to military reports.

The number of wounded government troops raised to 31.

About 120 civilians caught by the terrorist were rescued by government troops as reported by the military.

11pm Malacañang forwards the written document of the official declaration of martial law in Mindanao to Congress.


10am There were no gunshots heard in Marawi City, said Mayor Gandamra.

2pm The AFP sent about 100 soldiers with machine guns and two helicopters to regain buildings and streets.

11pm Thirty-one members of the Maute group have been killed in the ongoing battles, according to the report of  the military.

This is a developing story. This will be updated from time to time.



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