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After months of battle in Marawi City, Philippine Security Forces killed the designated leaders of Maute and Abu Sayyaf namely Omar Maute and Isnilon Hapilon. According to Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, he and the president were supposed to go in the city but they were told by the ground commanders that they will organize an assault this morning. He also reiterated that they were killed through a military operation while 17 hostages were rescued from the local terrorist group that lasted for more than 4 months.

Lorenzana then said that they will announce the conclusion of hostilities in coming days. On the other hand, Major General Restituto Padilla revealed that they are extra careful with the intense battle against the Islamic State Militants because they are concern for the safety of the remaining hostages. Padilla also stated that the war is coming on its end but they will take time to save the lives that are in the war zone.

Omar Maute, Isnilon Hapilon the Leader of Abu Sayaf and Maute Killed in Marawi
The conflict between the government and the terrorist group started last May 23 when the authorities want to capture Hapilon which resulted to an ongoing war. President Duterte then declared martial law in Mindanao that will be effective till December 2017.

Senators Praise Military for Neutralizing Maute Leaders

Several lawmakers applauded the Armed Forces of the Philippines and shared that the administration can focus now for a better Marawi City. Senator Gringo Honasan II said that it is a positive development but the battle doesn’t end yet.

What We Should Know About Maute Group

The death of the terrorist leaders is a great news but the government needs to help the victims on their basic needs such as food, shelter, health and many more. Minority senators Antonio trillanes IV and Francis Pangilinan also commended the military and they were hoping that this will be the end for the siege.

Meanwhile, Senator Juan Miguel Zubiri said that the foreign and Filipino terrorists cause a lot of destruction and misery to our countrymen and he is hoping the Marawi City will be restored.


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