China, India vow to support Philippines' recovery from Marawi battle

Marawi's devastated landscape

Four to six decomposed bodies believed to be that of civilians - who were reportedly killed by the Islamic State-linked Maute group in Marawi City - have been recovered, the Philippines military said on Thursday (13 July). Seized Maute Group firearms are placed at 461 and rescued civilians at 1,723.

But Zia Alonto Adiong, speaking for the Lanao provincial government on Sunday, said it was "preposterous" to blame the people of Marawi and the Maranao in general for the crisis, which started on May 23.

Padilla said the aircraft had a "very high success rate" in nearly 70 missions.

"The bomb fell in an area proximate to a building where some of our men were staying and the ensuing blast caused part of that building to collapse and the debris that fell from the part of the collapsed structure fell on our men causing the death of two and injuries to 11 others", Padilla said.

"We are saddened by this unfortunate incident".

"It's not braggadocio", said Duterte, who has backed troops by visiting their camps, the wounded and attended the wakes of slain soldiers.




"We continuously receive testimonials very disruptive (of the civilians managed to flee), according to which children and hostages are used in the fights", he said. "So, we are still going after these individuals because they are still in hiding", the military spokesman said.

"As of now, we have not gone into the interiors of previously held enemy areas and once we do that we may get the surprise of our lives and find numbers of cadavers left who have been killed by the enemy", he said.

The IS-backed Maute militants in Marawi, who attacked and captured parts of the city at the end of May, have carried out vast atrocities.

Before the latest report came in, Arevalo said the number of casualty in the ongoing Marawi conflict has reached 379 extremists killed, 89 security forces and 39 civilians.

The Indian embassy also released a press statement expressing the solidarity of her people with the Filipino people in their fight against terrorism and offered assistance to support the rehabilitation of the embattled city that caused the displacement of more than 200,000 residents. They also have over 600 buildings to clear.

Brig. Gen. Restituto Padilla Jr. said the Inter-Agency Task Force Bangon Marawi is set to meet this week "to lay the groundwork for the planning and the scheduling of all the work" needed for the early recovery stage.

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