Terrorist chief Isnilon Hapilon has evaded the navy up to now however can he be neutralized by the navy now beneath the implementation of martial legislation in Mindanao?
Martial legislation administrator and Defense Sec. Delfin Lorenzana demurred from expressing confidence about Hapilon’s arrest in a press briefing in Malacañang Thursday (June 1).
“It’s very hard to give an assurance because he’s only one person and although we know his face, he can always blend there and he has a lot of supporters also and they can keep him there,” he stated when requested if the navy can catch Hapilon now that Mindanao is beneath martial legislation.
Lorenzana famous that the navy had been unsuccessful in capturing Hapilon, who’s reportedly ISIS appointed head or “emir” for its Southeast Asian operations, when he was in Basilan, which was a small province.
“So, we cannot be assured that we can… But we will try our best to capture him or neutralize him,” he stated.
Since the ISIS-backed Maute Group had attacked Marawi City final week, round 35 troopers had been killed whereas over 100 had been wounded through the combat with the terrorists.
The navy stated there have been about 90 Maute members and sympathizers killed throughout their operations.