It is unlikely for Marawi City to develop into a “wilayat” or province of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) even when the army has but to retake it from the clutches of the Maute group, Malacanang stated Tuesday (June 20).

Presidential spokesperson Ernesto Abella nixed the probabilities of Marawi City changing into an ISIS province as he maintained that the United States will solely proceed offering technical help to Filipino troops.

“I suppose we’ll have to take the position that it’s unlikely for Marawi to become a new hub for IS fighters,” he stated at a press briefing in Malacanang.

“The Philippine military has already preempted the Maute group from establishing a wilayat or province in Marawi,” Abella added.

Some US senators have expressed concern that the Philippines might develop into the brand new coaching floor for ISIS fighters because the group’s affect within the Middle East has been waning.

The Armed Forces of the Philippines has been battling members of the ISIS-linked Maute group in Marawi City for nearly a month.

Philippine officers stated their US counterparts have been offering intelligence data along with technical help.