No total withdrawal of troops in Marawi, says AFP


Posted at Oct 31 2017 09:11 PM

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Even if the war in Marawi City is over, government forces will continue to secure the Islamic city, a military spokesman said Tuesday.

Maj. Gen. Restituto Padilla Jr. said there will be no total withdrawal of troops in Marawi since the city still needs to be secured from possible stragglers. 

"There will be no 100 percent pullout of troops. We have to guarantee the security of Marawi continuously," he said.

Clearing operations and retrieval of cadavers are also underway in Marawi City, Padilla added.

"There were many recoveries already, some [in a] very advanced stage of composition, some even bones na [lang]," he said.

Military engineering units have also been sent to Marawi to help in the rebuilding of the war-torn city.

Office of Civil Defense Assistant Secretary Kristoffer James Purisima also assured that rebuilding efforts in Marawi City will be transparent to the public.

"The public can be assured that we will be doing everything we can in a transparent and accountable manner," he said.

-ANC Beyond Politics, October 31, 2017