Wounded civilian flees Marawi hospital during Maute attack

Annie Perez, ABS-CBN News

Posted at May 30 2017 12:32 PM

A man who was shot and wounded by an unidentified suspect in Marawi City last May 21 had to flee the hospital where he was staying after Maute fighters laid siege to the city. 

Victim "John", who hails from Guinsularan, Duero in Bohol, went to Marawi City with two other friends last May 21 after being hired as a welder. 

He told ABS-CBN News he and his friends were buying burgers from a nearby store when a man spoke to them in a different dialect. When they could not respond in the same dialect, the man turned around as if to leave but faced them again and started shooting. 

The victim, who asked that his name be withheld, sustained gunshot wounds in both arms and on his left thigh.

John was initially brought to the Amai Pakpak Medical Center in Marawi City for treatment and was scheduled to undergo surgery for fractures when fighting broke out between government troops and the Maute group last May 23. Earlier reports said suspected Maute fighters shot and killed Senior Inspector Fredie Solar right outside Amai Pakpak Medical Center last Tuesday. 

Together with his live-in partner, John sought help from the military and was housed by the 103rd Brigade in Marawi City on May 24 and 25. An Iglesia ni Cristo bus then transported them to Cagayan de Oro last May 26. 

On May 27, he and his live-in partner boarded a boat that brought him to Jagna, Bohol. They arrived in Jagna on the evening of May 28. 

"Trauma kaayo mi, di nami mobalik didto (We are in trauma, we won't go back there)," his live-in partner said.

John is currently at the Gov. Celestino Gallares Hospital in Tagbilaran City where he will undergo orthopedic surgery due to fractures.