The rescue of civilians still trapped within the strife-torn Marawi City stays a precedence of the Armed Forces of the Philippines even because it stood its floor in opposition to negotiating with terrorists.
AFP spokesperson Brig. Gen. Restituto Padilla Jr. on Wednesday (June 27) mentioned the federal government continues to depend on the use of the so-called “peace corridor” for the rescue of the trapped civilians.
The case of the Maute group’s hostages, nonetheless, was totally different.
“As to the hostages, we are not negotiating at this point. And we know because we know the mindset of these people, we know how they think. So regardless of negotiations or not, they may end up killing them anyway,” Padilla mentioned on the “Mindanao Hour” press briefing in Malacanang.
Several residents of Marawi City are reportedly held hostage by the Maute group, together with a priest, Fr. Chito Suganob.
Abdullah Maute, a pacesetter of the group, reportedly instructed emissaries who talked to him over the weekend that he was prepared to release the priest if the federal government frees his dad and mom and family.
At the second, nonetheless, Padilla mentioned the AFP is bent on pursuing its offensive in opposition to the Maute group “in the best way we can” and attempt to rescue the hostages, “if possible.”
“So our assumption is to simply pursue our operations in the easiest way we will, rescue the remaining trapped residents, and maximize the alternatives not solely by our offensive, but additionally the alternatives offered by the peace corridors. And on the identical time, impact a rescue of the hostages if in any respect doable.