2 months later: A bridge in Marawi

Chiara Zambrano, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 24 2017 09:51 PM

I took the photo above on May 29, when the car bombs were still blocking the bridge, and ISIS flags were still raised all across the other side. 

The all these houses had Maute-ISIS snipers, picking away at any soldier who tried to cross.

Jeff Canoy took the photo below almost 2 months later on July 14. 

The military has since controlled the bridge, but not yet the whole of Mapandi. Maute-ISIS remain fighting in several solid structures. 

Many soldiers have died, and are still dying, trying to liberate not just Mapandi, but all of Marawi. 

Bombs are falling, houses reduced to rubble, not because it's a fun thing to do for them, but because this is the only way. 

The terrorists are hiding in structures of solid concrete that regular bullets cannot penetrate. They move across tunnels, holes in the walls, so they can keep killing without being seen. 

The tops of homes have become sniper's nests. The doorways, paths, windows, rigged with IEDs. Molotov bombs on standby, so they can burn houses that soldiers are hiding in. 

I know because I've spoken to the soldiers who are still there.

When I look at this picture, I try to see each building as someone's home, and try to imagine their pain at the sight of this. 

It must hurt, it must hurt a lot. It's a pain I would never wish upon anyone. And it won't take long before your pain will turn into anger. And your anger will need to turn on someone.

That is fair. Someone must be held accountable. But please, remember who attacked your city first. - with Jeff Canoy, ABS-CBN News