Two government troops were killed while 11 were wounded in Marawi City after a bomb missed its target during an airstrike Wednesday noon.
The sultanates and Imams of Marawi City and the nearby towns in Lanao del Sur are calling on President Rodrigo Duterte to declare a ceasefire in the embattled city that is continuously being ravaged by the ongoing fighting between the government forces and Islamic radicals.
Major Ezra Latawan Balagtey, spokesperson of Eastern Mindanao Command, said that military troops from the 16th Infantry Battalion encountered a group of New People’s Army at Sitio Bajada, Paradise Embac, Paquibato District, this city early morning on June 11.
The government’s operations against the Maute group resulted in 50 casualties among the Philippine Army troops on Friday, 17 days after President Rodrigo Duterte declared Martial Law in Mindanao.
Omina Romato Maute, also known as Farhana, the mother of Omar and Abdullah, was arrested in Barangay Tamboro Cormatan in Maisu, Lanao del Sur.
Several Facebook accounts are suspected by the military as being used by the Isis-linked Maute group here and their sympathizers.
Lawmakers and activists on Friday signed the third petition urging the Supreme Court to review the factual basis of President Rodrigo Duterte’s Martial Law declaration in Mindanao.
It was the assessment given by the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the Philippine National Police that Mindanao has reached a “critical moment” that led to the declaration of Martial Law.
The Department of National Defense has issued two arrest orders at the duration of Martial Law and it covered 324 names, mostly surnamed Maute and other suspected terrorists in Mindanao.
A convoy of several army trucks transported wounded soldiers in a hospital here Friday afternoon.