Malacañang on Sunday (June 11) harassed the urgency of defeating the terrorist Maute group following the death of 13 Marines throughout a firefight in Marawi City.

Presidential spokesperson Ernesto Abella urged the general public to rally behind troopers as they enter the third week of preventing the Maute group and its allied terrorists.

“This incident, albeit unfortunate, gives us greater impetus to clear Marawi of lawless elements, save the trapped civilians, and restore order, security and normalcy to the city and its residents,” he mentioned in a press release.

The Marines had been killed throughout a 14-hour gunfight with the Islamist militants Friday (June 9).

The newest batch of casualties has delivered to 58 the quantity of troopers who had been killed in motion for the reason that preventing in Marawi City began on May 23.

Abella lauded the 13 Marines’ heroism at the same time as he expressed unhappiness over their passing.

“They fought gallantly for the liberation of our Maranao brothers and sisters,” he mentioned.