The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) is expects more intense offensives in Marawi City, Lanao Del Sur against the remaining members of Maute Group.
Lt. Gen. Carlito Galvez, Commander of Western Mindanao Command, said that around 60 to 70 members of Maute Group are currently in ‘limited area’ whom soldiers are chasing of.
Galvez added that the military is almost in close range with the said group where intense fight is expected.
Galvez stressed that since the Maute members are desperate, their attitude turns into ‘suicidal’ while the government forces progressively take over their vintage points.
It can be recalled that Maute Group assaulted the city in May 23, 2017 that until now the clash is ongoing where hundreds of casualties being recorded in the part of soldiers and civilians.
The clash has called the attention of international community where aid has been extended to the Philippines.
Thousands of residents were displaced and still remain in evacuation centers.
Due to the ongoing battle in Marawi, Pres. Rodrigo Duterte has requested Congress for an extension of the declaration of Martial law in Mindanao until December 31, 2017.
Congress approved the Martial law extension until the end of 2017.