Victory in Marawi is now inevitable and imminent following the reported deaths of Isnilon Hapilon and Omar Maute, Davao City first-district Rep. Karlo Nograles said.
“The neutralization of Hapilon and Maute will give government troops the final boost needed to flush out the remaining terrorists in Marawi City. The end of the conflict is near,” Nograles said.
The Davao lawmaker lauded the perseverance and hard work of the military which eventually led to the killing of the terror leaders. On May 23, at least 800 armed members of the ISIS-linked Maute Group occupied Marawi in Lanao del Sur as a response to authorities’ attempt to arrest Hapilon.
Department of National Defense (DND) Secretary Delfin Lorenzana told the committee on Muslim affairs in a briefing last September 27 that Maute fighters in Marawi are down to “less than a hundred.”
“We never doubted our troops’ ability to get the job done given ample time and logistical support. With the death of the two top terror leaders in the area and our impending victory, we can slowly but surely refocus our energies into rebuilding Marawi,” Nograles said.