There is a risk that the battle in Marawi City will spill over to other areas in Mindanao because the membership of the terrorist Maute group has swelled from an preliminary 200 to some 500.

This was the data shared to senators by prime safety and protection officers in an govt session on the Senate, together with the situation of the scenario spilling over other areas, Sen. Sherwin Gatchalian stated Monday (May 29).

“There’s a possibility. There’s a possibility, mataas because of the different groups supporting them. It can definitely go beyond Marawi. (But) hindi clear kung nationwide but Mindanao for sure because of its singular land mass,” he stated.

The data given them had been absolutely backed up with particular particulars and these had been introduced to them, the senator stated.

While National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr. refused to verify whether or not Abu Sayyaf chief Isnilon Hapilon is nonetheless in Marawi, Gatchalian answered in the affirmative.

“Andun pa sya ngayon from what we understand,” he stated.

Unlike Sen. Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan who stated that the scenario is anticipated to normalize by Friday, quoting Executive officers in the stated briefing, Gatchalian stated he can not say the identical with certainty.

“Because gumagalaw yung situation. Everyday, every hour changes. The situation is very fluid right now. I will leave that detail for them. This is an executive session, yung mga detail na ganyan I think it should be left behind for now,” he stated referring to the matter the goal date in carrying out the federal government mission.