The Armed Forces of the Philippines is blaming the fog of war for its fuzzy statistics to indicate how a lot the navy has achieved since beginning operations to retake Marawi City from terrorists’ fingers 23 days in the past.

The AFP claimed that it has moved nearer to its goal after reporting that it has regained 20 p.c of Marawi City with solely 4 barangays in the fingers of Maute and Abu Sayyaf group.

The media questioned how this may very well be a development when the AFP reported beforehand that it had regained 10 p.c of Marawi City and solely three areas weren’t in its management.

“You know, there’s this thing called fog of war when everything is all breaking loose and then everything is very fluid, the reporting system may not be very accurate as exactly as we would want,” stated AFP Spokesperson Restituto Padilla in a briefing in Malacanang.

“So now that we have lulls in the fighting, and we can more or less cross-check our data, there is a decision now to be more specific that the use of barangays would be better,” he added.

Padilla admitted that the navy had performed free with its information reporting beforehand and that it has since determined to point the quantity of barangays moderately share space of the territory for extra correct reporting.

“That’s why we’re going down to better statistics. The area is better described in terms of barangays because that is where we separate geopolitical and territorial areas. Kasi ‘yung report na initial natin, nakukuha rin natin sa ground commanders. At ‘yung ground commanders natin, ‘yun din ang kanilang pinagbabasehan ng report,” stated Padilla.