OFFICERS and men of the Philippine National Police who played a key role in the 5-month combat
operations in Marawi City will be gradually pulled out from the war-ravaged city as officials lauded
the honesty and bravery they displayed in fighting the Maute Group and Abu Sayyaf terrorists.
PNP chief, Director General Ronald ‘Bato’ M. dela Rosa said seven of his men were killed while
fighting it out with the terrorists while 61 were wounded in action. The PNP Special Action Force and
the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao Police Office were part of the government troops which battled
the terrorists for five straight months.
“They are the silent operators. The military there know how significant the contributions of
the PNP are,” he said.
Gen. Dela Rosa admitted that the morale of his men were dampened because of the incident.
“Masakit sa amin dahil naagaw sa amin ng mga kalaban ’yung kampo namin doon. Their morale was dampened
and now we are boosting their morale by helping them rebuild their home,” he said.
The Journal Group learned that police lost four men in actual combat in the city which was
attacked by the terrorists last May 23 or exactly five months yesterday. Over 150 commandos from the
elite PNP-SAF were scheduled to board a commercial ship which will take them back to Manila last night.
Dela Rosa said the heroism of the police won’t be forgotten in the city which was seized by the
ISIS-inspired terror group and later ending up with the killing of extremist leaders Isnilon Hapilon
and Omar Maute.
One of those commended was Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao Police Regional Office Deputy
Regional Director for Administration, Senior Superintendent Rolando Anduyan, the ground commander of
the ARMM police force that helped liberate the city.
Anduyan, a member of Philippine Military Academy Class 1990 is set to earn his star-rank soon
with his new position with Gen. Dela Rosa citing him for standing his ground and proving his worth in
Gen. Dela Rosa said he is not keen in recommending the martial law extension in Mindanao
following the end of combat operations in Marawi saying that the December 31 extension given by
Congress is enough for the rebuilding of the battle-torn city to start.