Defense Chief declares end of Marawi siege

Darryl Esguerra
PUBLISHED October 23, 2017 04:50 pm
A Philippine flag is seen on a bulletproof vest of a soldier as he participates in a flag raising to mark Independence Day in Marawi City last June 12, 2017. Photo by Romeo Ranoco/Reuters

(Inside Manila) Department of National Defense (DND) Secretary Delfin Lorenzana has announced that exactly five months since the armed conflict between the state forces and ISIS-inspired militants erupted, the Marawi City siege is now over.

“After 154 days of siege in Marawi with Daesh-inspired Maute-ISIS group, after a week the commander-in-chief declared the liberation of Marawi City, we now announce the termination of combat operations in Marawi City,” Lorenzana told reporters on Monday, October 23 on the sidelines of the ASEAN defense ministers meeting (ADMM).

"In crushing thus far the most serious attempt to export violent extremism and radicalism in the Philippines and in the region, we have contributed to preventing its spread in Asia and gave our share to maintaining global peace, stability, and security," he added.

The announcement comes almost a week after President Rodrigo Duterte announced the "liberation" of Marawi from "terrorist influence."

In a press conference in Marawi, AFP information Chief Colonel Romeo Brawner said that 920 terrorists have been killed, while 165 soldiers and cops were killed in the side of the government.

A total of 1,780 hostages have been rescued, and 850 firearms were recovered, he added.



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