Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana cautioned the general public in opposition to placing an excessive amount of weight on ‘selfies’ of Maute terrorists inside the battle zone in Marawi City.
In a briefing in Malacanang, Lorenzana stated this was part of the group’s arsenal of soiled methods to situation the minds of the general public that they have been greater than holding amid the superior quantity and weapons of the army.
“Anybody can have a selfie. Meaning, alam mo, this is part of their propaganda also to show to the world that they are still around and hindi pa sila nauubos at tsaka handa pa rin silang lumaban,” stated Lorenzana.
The army maintained that the Maute ought to have been worn out a number of days after they took over Marawi final May 23 if solely the terrorists didn’t use human shields. The army admitted that the Maute had been capable of maximize their positional benefit and familiarity with city warfare in extending the struggle longer than vital.