As the conflict between the military and Isis-linked forces in Marawi marks its 88th day yesterday, the Armed Forces of the Philippines said they are now working on the road to normalcy, peace, and the victory and liberation of the city.
Since the battle started on May 23, at least 573 members of the Maute terrorist group were killed by the military, while 32 buildings were cleared from threats as of Aug. 17.
“Jointly working with the LGU and the [Mindanao State University] community, the AFP and the Philippine National Police are now busy helping prepare the whole campus and its environs as well as residents around the area for the return back to normal of MSU,” AFP spokesperson Brig. Gen. Restituto Padilla Jr. said in a press briefing.
Padilla also said the Amai Pakpak Hospital now operates normally, serving Marawi residents and the soldiers even at the heat of the battle.
Areas around Lanao Lake and other nearby municipalities that are far from the main battle area are slowly getting back to normal, according to Padilla.