MANILA - Elite cops who fought the battle in Marawi City were hailed as heroes upon their return to Camp Bagong Diwa in Taguig City Wednesday, arriving to cheers from the crowd that gathered along their route.
Fresh from the battle zone, at least 182 troopers of the Special Action Force (SAF) marched from SM Bicutan to the police camp as people lined sidewalks, clapping and waiving small Philippine flags.
Photos of 4 SAF troopers who died in the firefights were also displayed at the camp's gates.
Soldiers and police who fought in Marawi have started to return home after the government declared combat operations finally over on Monday, after 5 months of fighting.
Authorities said 920 militants, 165 soldiers and police and at least 45 civilians were killed in the conflict, which displaced more than 400,000 people from the city and nearby towns.--report from Henry Atuelan, ABS-CBN News