Palace lauds death of Marawi siege leaders

Darryl Esguerra
PUBLISHED October 17, 2017 09:32 am

(Inside Manila) Malacañang hailed the killing of terrorist leaders Omar Maute and Isnilon Hapilon, calling the development a “clear victory against terrorism.”


“Bravo Zulu to the AFP (Armed Forces of the Philippines). We look forward to raising Marawi from the ashes of conflict and building in a new era where people from the farthest reaches of this Republic can share in the boon of progress,” Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar said in a statement Monday, October 16.


“This clear victory against terrorism proves the Duterte administration’s resoluteness in delivering on its promise of peace and prosperity to the people of Mindanao,” he added.


Hapilon and Maute—leaders of the ISIS-inspired bandits that laid siege in Marawi last May 23—were killed in a 4am military pursuit on Monday after receiving an intel from a female informant that the two high-profile terrorists were holed up in a certain building in the war-torn city.


Seventeen hostages were also rescued during the said operation.


The security forces are still conducting clearing operations to wipe out the remaining outlaws in the city.


Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said the killing of Hapilon and Maute could be an indication that the months-long conflict in the Islamic city may soon be over.


Hapilon is the supposed Emir of the wilayat or province the ISIS is looking to establish here in Southeast Asia.


Omar, meanwhile, established the Maute group with his brother Abdullah.


Hapilon and the Mautes pledged allegiance to ISIS.


ISIS—also known as Daesh, ISIL or simply Islamic State—is a Jihadist militant group from Iraq and Syria that aims to establish a global caliphate.

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