Government forces may be taking a longer time to wipe out the Maute group, but their members won’t be able to unleash hell the way they did in Marawi City, the Armed Forces of the Philippines said.
AFP spokesperson Brig. Gen. Restituto Padilla assured the public that an attack similar in scale to what took place in Marawi City will not happen in the cities of Iligan and Cagayan de Oro, where some Maute group members reportedly fled.
“Safe to say, I can tell you, they don’t have the capacity to do what they did in Marawi anymore. Their capabilities have been significantly degraded, and they have specifically targeted Marawi to sow terror, wreak havoc, possibly kidnap people, destroy homes, schools, what have you,” he said at a press briefing in Malacanang Friday (June 16).
Padilla said the AFP is taking “proactive measures” to ensure terrorists won’t be able to accomplish their goal.
He cited arrest of suspected Maute group members or sympathizers in the past few days as proof the AFP is taking the public’s security seriously.