Defense chief sees end of Marawi clashes in a week

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Posted at May 26 2017 03:40 PM | Updated as of May 26 2017 05:02 PM

An armored personnel carrier and government troops march on Thursday to begin their assault against insurgents from the so-called Maute group, who have taken over large parts of Marawi City. Romeo Ranoco, Reuters

MANILA- Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana is confident that clashes between government forces and Maute rebels in Marawi City may be over in a week.

In a visit to the 2nd Mechanized Brigade in Iligan City on Friday, Lorenzana reiterated President Rodrigo Duterte's instructions to be harsh to terrorists.

"I'm looking at maybe not more than a week... Talagang sabi niya because this is an open rebellion, sabi niya we cannot do otherwise but solve it the military way," Lorenzana said.

Meanwhile,Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) chief of staff, Gen. Eduardo Año said they are planning to halt the implementation of military rule in Mindanao even before it reaches 60 days.

"Ang target namin is within 60 days maresolve natin 'to, even shorter or not more than 60 days," Año said.

Duterte on Tuesday declared martial law in the entire Mindanao island amid firefight between government troops and Maute group terrorists in Marawi City. - report from Edwin Sevidal, DZMM