More soldiers from Marawi return to Manila


Posted at Oct 22 2017 07:59 AM

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 - Another batch of soldiers, who fought to liberate Marawi City, returned to Manila early Sunday morning.

Maj. Albert Estabilla, assistant director of the Philippine Air Force Public Information Office, confirmed that a C130 plane carrying 119 soldiers from the Philippine Marines and Philippine Army arrived at Villamor Air Base at around 1:45 AM Sunday.

The plane took off from Laguindingan Airport in Cagayan de Oro City, made a stop at Mactan International Airport in Cebu before proceeding to Villamor Air Base.

While journalists were not allowed to enter the base's operations area, sources confirmed to ABS-CBN News that the loved ones of the soldiers welcomed them home.

On Saturday, soldiers from the Marine Battalion Landing Team 10, Army 1st Battalion and Scout Rangers also arrived at Villamor Air Base around 3:00 PM.

The Armed Forces of the Philippines said it may announce the end of offensives in Marawi's main battle area soon. -- with a report from Lyza Aquino, ABS-CBN News