No pilot error in airstrike that killed 10 soldiers: AFP

Trishia Billones, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jun 14 2017 02:14 PM

There was no pilot error in the airstrike that accidentally killed 10 soldiers in Marawi City, a spokesman said Wednesday. 

"What’s coming out there are many lapses on the part of the troops on the ground and partly on the use of the assets. We are not blaming anyone," AFP Spokesperson Brig. Gen. Restituto Padilla told ANC's Headstart.

Asked if there was pilot error, Padilla said: "For now, there was none. That was intentionally done."

"There might have been administrative that’s coming out from the report—I have not read but that’s what I heard from the sources who finished it," he added.

The Board of Inquiry, which has just concluded its investigation, already submitted its report to Armed Forces of the Philippines Chief of Staff Eduardo Año, said Padilla. 

Ten soldiers pursuing Maute extremists in Marawi City were killed and 7 others were wounded in a government airstrike more than a week into the battle.

Padilla noted that in the 100 or so airstrikes the military launched in Marawi, "there was only one incident of friendly fire."

He said the Board of Inquiry has recommended measures to "further look into this matter" and other "appropriate measures to correct whatever these lapses are."

"One of the things that came out from the report is that troops were assigned to units that they did not belong to for a long time…So the complexity became increasingly muddled," he said.

"The fog and friction of war started coming in and that kind of communication lapses may have entered in that kind of environment that caused it," he added.