The nation’s prime protection officials wouldn’t have pushed by with their journey to Russia in May had they known in advance when the Maute group attacked Marawi City, Philippine National Police chief Director General Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa mentioned.

“Hindi naman natin alam kung anong fixed date. Kung nagsabi sila ng fixed date, eh di ready tayo,” Dela Rosa mentioned Wednesday (June 14).

The PNP chief mentioned that whereas they’d details about the Maute group’s plan to attack, they didn’t know when it is going to be carried out.

“Kung alam lang namin, di kami bi-biyahe,” he mentioned.

When combating between the Maute group and authorities forces started on May 23, Dela Rosa and different high-ranking protection officials had been in Russia with President Rodrigo Duterte for an official go to.

Also half of the President’s official delegation had been Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr., and Armed Forces of the Philippines chief General Eduardo Año.

Duterte needed to reduce his week-long keep in Russia quick after the clashes in Marawi City intensified.

Former President Fidel V. Ramos had criticized Duterte’s journey to Russia as a junket as a result of of the sheer quantity of officials who tagged alongside.