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Martyrs: Año thinks Maute terrorists would rather die than surrender in Marawi City

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Armed Forces chief Ed Ano believes the hardcore Maute extremists, led by Isnilon Hapilon, would rather die as “martyrs” than surrender to the government.

Ano said government forces were in the final phase of the plan to retake Marawi from the clutches of Maute terrorists, who seized the city on May 23 to establish an Islamic state in Mindanao.

“They will fight it out. Actually ‘yun ‘yung nag-hohold sa mga Filipino terrorists na nandun para lumaban. Nagkakahiyaan sila. Sabihin nila, ‘let us be martyrs’,’” he said.

Ano said the trapped Maute extremists would like to “set an example to their comrades and the world that here in Marawi they are able to put up a good stand and they are martyrs to be idolized and worshipped and imitated by other recruits.”

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said the government forces on the ground have received surrender feelers in the past weeks. “Meron (gusto mag-surrender). Pero, sabi ng tropa, bakit ngayon pa sila mag-su surrender na marami na tayo namatay (na kapwa sundalo)?”

“Namatayan na tayo ng 140 people tapos 1,400 nasugatan. May mga nagsasabi na p’wede umalis muna ‘yung sundalo para umalis na sila para tapos na ang laban. Sabi ng sundalo, ‘Hindi ah.’ Hindi kami aalis hangga’t ‘di natatapos (ang Marawi crisis),” Lorenzana said.