President Duterte mentioned in the present day (Wednesday, August 30) that the three-month battle to free Marawi City was in its “final stages”.
It is now 100 days since Islamic State-affiliated terrorists went on the rampage within the metropolis. Fighting has leaving virtually 800 useless and as much as half 1,000,000 displaced.
The president gave his evaluation after authorities troops secured an important bridge within the metropolis. This will enable them simpler entry into the final strongholds being held by militants.
The preventing, which has included a US-backed air marketing campaign towards the militants, has destroyed giant elements of Marawi, the biggest Muslim-majority metropolis within the Philippines.
It is believed the militants launched the assault in an effort to ascertain a Southeast Asian base for IS. Recent propaganda movies have proclaimed the Southern Philippines as a brand new stronghold, as the phobia group loses floor within the Middle East.
The president warned in the present day that, even with the battle over, the militants may nonetheless launch assaults elsewhere within the Philippines.
Manila might be a goal
He mentioned different southern cities with giant Muslim populations, together with his hometown of Davao, had been susceptible and that Manila might be a goal.
Hours earlier than he spoke, troopers in Marawi secured the Mapandi bridge, an important provide route which had as soon as been coated by snipers and militants with rocket-propelled grenades.
Soldiers marched throughout the bridge in giant numbers in the present day, though gunfire may nonetheless be heard close by.
Military spokesman Brigadier General Restituto Padilla mentioned there have been solely about 40 militants left in Marawi. These have been hemmed in to a single neighbourhood.
However, he warned there have been many buildings in that house the place they might be hiding.
“Every inch of the buildings that we take, they resist,” Brigadier General Melquiades Ordiales mentioned.
The militants have been in a position to stand up to the navy assault by hiding in tunnels and bunkers. Army spokesmen have admitted to being stunned by the talent in city warfare proven by the militants.
They are additionally believed nonetheless to be holding dozens of hostages, together with a Catholic priest.