Marawi 90% cleared -- AFP
SIX members of the Philippine National Police (PNP) assigned in Marawi City have been missing since the crisis started last week.
This was bared yesterday by PNP chief Director General Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa, adding that three policemen were killed while three others were wounded.
“Mayroon tayong mga missing in action na hindi pa na-account na six dahil nga itong mga local police ng Marawi hindi pa ma-contact,” Dela Rosa said.
Dela Rosa said those missing cops were assigned in the downtown area when the firefight between government forces and ISIS-inspired Maute Group erupted.
He said up to this moment, the PNP does not have information on the situation of the missing lawmen but hopes that they are safe.
“Yung nasa loob ng downtown area kung saan yung kasagsagan nung labanan so hindi pa natin malaman kung ano ang sitwasyon nila. Sana maganda ang progress ng ating clearing operation,” he said.
Early this week, Dela Rosa ordered his men to locate their comrades who lost contact with their mother unit at the height of the Marawi crisis.
Dela Rosa said there were reports that policemen detailed with the Marawi Police Station especially those living in the downtown area were trapped and eventually lost contact with their mother unit due to the skirmishes.
He said they still have no information if the missing were captured or trapped inside buildings.
In another development eight members of the Maute group have surrendered to the Marines involved in operations in Marawi City and have provided the military with “very, very valuable intelligence” information.
Armed Forces of the Philippines spokesman Brig. Gen. Restituto Padilla said that the eight Maute group members were holed up in one of the conflict areas in the city.
Padilla said the information came from Marine Brig. Gen. Custodio Parcon.
“And these individuals have been talked to and debriefed and have provided very, very valuable intelligence,” Padilla said during the Mindanao Hour in Malacañang yesterday.
Padilla, meanwhile, clarified that a relative of Omar Maute, one of the leaders of the terror group that launched attacks in Marawi, was not arrested at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport but was only invited for questioning and later released.