Filipinos who need to assist evacuees from Marawi City and the residents nonetheless trapped there ought to course their aid via the native authorities, the Armed Forces of the Philippines mentioned.

AFP spokesperson Brig. Gen. Restituto Padilla issued the assertion after former Bayan Muna party-list Rep. Teddy Casino and his colleagues complained they had been blocked by the navy from getting into the Lanao del Sur provincial capitol to ship aid.

“In any case, whatever assistance there are coming from the private sector, from concerned individuals, you did not personally deliver them by yourself because you will unnecessarily put yourselves in the danger areas. Your being good Samaritans is well-acknowledged and your help will definitely get where it is intended and that is guaranteed,” he mentioned at a press briefing in Malacanang Friday (June 16).

Padilla mentioned Casino’s convoy was stopped from continuing to Marawi City by troopers manning a checkpoint between the cities of Iligan and Marawi.

“We have not been allowing anyone else other than local government and other officials to come in to Marawi because of the conflict that is ongoing,” he mentioned.

While Casino claimed that they’ve coordinated with the native authorities to ship aid gadgets to the residents trapped inside Marawi City, Padilla mentioned the navy wouldn’t have allowed them to proceed as a result of it’s nonetheless a hazard zone.

He famous that on Thursday (June 15), Australina journalist Adam Harvey was hit within the neck by a stray bullet whereas contained in the provincial capitol..

“So we don’t want anyone getting hit any of these stray bullets if they go to Marawi itself. So in the interest of safety, we have been working closely with local government and its social welfare arm and health arm to provide the services needed by the evacuees without necessarily having other people from the outside exposed to danger,” he mentioned.