MANILA- As the siege in Marawi City marked its 100th day, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) called upon the public to support troops still fighting to liberate the war-stricken city.
In a statement Wednesday, AFP spokesperson Brigadier Gen. Restituto Padilla said the military badly wants to free Marawi from terrorists.
"The AFP calls upon all our citizens of all walks and whatever faith to continue to manifest their support for our troops and unceasingly pray for an early resolution of this conflict," Padilla said.
"We owe it to each and every peace loving Filipino to liberate Marawi at the soonest possible time from the clutches of the remaining terrorists who continue to defy our laws," he added.
AFP chief of staff Gen. Eduardo Año on Tuesday said the military has contained the main battle area in Marawi City to less than 500 square meters and aim to implement a "no way in, no way out" strategy against terrorists still holed up in the city.
"Our troops are doing their best and working overtime to end hostilities with the hope of rescuing the remaining hostages and expediting the road to normalcy of the City of Marawi," Padilla said.
Nearly 800 people, mostly terror suspects, have died since clashes erupted between state forces and Islamic State-inspired extremists on May 23.
The clashes have forced more than 200,000 out of Marawi City and thousands more from nearby areas. The crisis has also destroyed much of the once bustling urban center.