The Armed Forces of the Philippines has downplayed its failure to meet the Independence Day deadline it set for releasing Marawi City from the clutches of the ISIS-linked Maute group by saying that the native authorities managed to assert management in the space by flying the Philippine flag.

AFP spokesperson Brig. Gen. Restituto Padilla on Wednesday (June 14) clarified that June 12 was solely “possibly” talked about as the date of Marawi’s liberation since AFP Chief of Staff Gen. Eduardo Año wished the Maute group neutralized as quickly as doable.

“But as we have clarified also during our other statements that regardless of whether the area is clear or not, we will assert our control of the area and commemorate Independence Day in a very meaningful manner,” he stated throughout the “Mindanao Hour” press briefing in Malacañang.

He stated the native authorities was able to assert management over Marawi City regardless of the ongoing conflict between troopers and the Maute group when the Philippine flag was flown at the capitol.

“They went to their offices in the capitol and the municipal area and raised the flag and it is up to this moment flying freely and signifying our control of Marawi, except for some areas that are still areas where terrorists are holed up,” Padilla stated.

He stated the quest to liberate Marawi City from terrorists continues whilst the job has develop into extra sophisticated as a result of there are nonetheless civilians trapped of their houses in the 4 barangays managed by the Maute group.