MANILA - The military appealed to the public on Wednesday to avoid sharing information online about the whereabouts of troops who are pursuing militants in the southern city of Marawi.
President Rodrigo Duterte declared martial law in Mindanao after militants inspired by the Islamic State torched buildings in Marawi on Tuesday, sparking fighting that left 3 security forces killed and 12 others hurt.
"Ang mga ipinamahahagi po nating impormasyon sa mga report, lalong lalo na sa social media, sana po hindi natin gamitin ang platform na ito para mapalaganap natin lalong-lalo na ang mga impormasyon sa kinaroroonan at aksyon ng ating mga security forces," Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) spokesperson Colonel Edgard Arevalo said in a phone interview with radio DZMM.
"Kapag ginagawa po natin ito, hindi lang po natin ipinapahamak ang ating security forces kundi maging ang seguridad ng ating mga kababayan at instilasyon na ating patuloy na proproteksyunan," he added.
(Let us not use our reports, especially on social media, to spread information about the location of out security forces. When we do this, we are not only endangering security forces, but also the civilians and vital installations that we are protecting.)
Arevalo said the skirmishes erupted while security forces were attempting to serve an arrest warrant against Abu Sayyaf leader Isnilon Hapilon.