Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) chief-of-staff Gen. Eduardo Año paid a go to to his males preventing in the front-line of Marawi to flush out the Maute Group remnants in Marawi City.
But it was Ano whose spirit was lifted by bravery of his males.
“I went to Marawi. To the main battle area this time. I went here to inspire you. But they were the ones who inspired me instead,” the AFP chief harassed upon arrival in Manila late Wednesday.
“Seeing for myself but a glimpse of the hardships you endure, the innumerable perils you face daily, and the immeasurable sacrifices you selfishly offer, I can help but be awed by your valor, heroism, and patriotism,” he added.
His message to the troops: “Stay focused on your mission. Stay alive. Keep safe. It will not be too long before we accomplish your task. You can count on the support of your headquarters and the abiding prayers of our nation.”
He made this enchantment as the navy was now planning the operation which might decisively neutralized the remaining Maute Group terrorists who had been reportedly pocketed in a lower than one square-kilometer in Marawi’s enterprise district.
As of this posting, an estimated 502 Maute Group terrorists have been killed together with 114 authorities troops and 45 civilians.
Also seized had been 592 firearms. Rescued had been 1,723 civilians. An estimated 900 troopers had been additionally wounded in the bitter house-to-house preventing, the deadlist function of city warfare.
Sniping, use of improvised explosive gadgets and bombs are the reason for most the casualties sustained by authorities troops in the nearly three month battle.
Fighting in the space has been raging since May 23 when authorities forces made a botched try to arrest Abu Sayyaf chief and ISIS “emir” Isnilon Hapilon.
AFP public affairs workplace chief Col. Edgard Arevalo stated Año was given a complete replace on the state of affairs in Marawi City.
“The presentation was very good, the AFP chief was very satisfied, his queries were properly addressed and explained to him with satisfaction,” Arevalo harassed.
After the briefing, the AFP chief counseled the troops for their bravery, particularly those that have fallen in battle and people wounded in the battle and but are raring to return to the front-lines to proceed the clearing operations.
“They are part of history unfolding (troops participating in the Battle for Marawi) as not everyone can have an opportunity to (help in the ongoing fight against) terrorism (which is now a huge problem in the world),” Arevalo harassed. (Priam F. Nepomuceno/PNA)