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. de la Rosa said seven of his men were killed while
fighting 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. de la Rosa admitted that the morale of his men was dampened because of the Marawi
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.
A total of 62 government troops died during the fighting which was officially declared as over
by Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana yesterday. PNP chief De la 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. de la Rosa citing him for standing his ground and proving his worth in
The PNP chief said those who are criticizing the designation of Anduyan should have volunteered
their services in Marawi City right after the terrorists attacked Marawi City.
WON’T RECOMMEND MARTIAL LAW EXTENSION IN MINDANAO
Gen. dela Rosa said he is not keen on recommending 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.
“Hindi ba ang na-grant ng Congress ay hanggang December 31 of this year? Siguro tama na ‘yun
kung hanggang December 31, makapagsimula na ‘yung rebuilding efforts para maging normal ‘yung buhay ng
mga tao doon,” he said.
Last July 22, Congress approved President Duterte’s request to extend martial law in Mindanao
until the end of the year.