THE Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) yesterday said that with the declaration of President Rodrigo
Roa Duterte that Marawi City is already liberated, the government can start rebuilding the city.
AFP spokesperson Major General Restituto Padilla said although there are still remaining
terrorists in the main battle area in Marawi, the President believes that these terrorists are no
longer a big threat.
“The declaration was made by the President knowing the remaining enemy force is no longer a
force to reckon with,” Padilla said.
Padilla said operations are already underway to finish off the remaining members of the ISIS-
inspired Maute Terror Group who are continuing to fight.
“The declaration was made to pave the way for the start of a full blown recovery,
rehabilitation and rebuilding effort,” Padilla said.
He said the President thanked all the troops for their sacrifice, dedication and gallantry.
The President also committed government’s assistance to all families affected by the conflict.
“We call on every sector and our citizenry to help and support the bigger task of rebuilding.”
For his part, AFP-Public Affairs Office (PAO) Chief Marine Colonel Edgard Arevalo said the AFP
has strategically and tactically defeated Daesh-inspired Maute Group.
“With the neutralization of Hapilon and Omar, we have reduced them to a mere police concern.
While there may still be remaining fighters, they are stragglers— leaderless and in disarray, “he said.
“We have significantly degraded their tactical capability and under no circumstance will they
be able to reverse the situations that have rendered them defeated,” he added.
However, Arevalo clarified that though Marawi has been declared liberated, the AFP will pursue
efforts to rescue all the remaining hostages.