Friday, June 9, 2017

OPPAP Secretary shares a lesson in Marawi clash

From the Philippine Information Agency (Jun 9): OPPAP Secretary shares a lesson in Marawi clash

Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) Secretary Jesus Dureza during a visit at Camp Ranao shares one lesson to all peaceful areas in the country today, is that if the people had not moved at all, had not given support to the government, even to the point of supporting the bad guys, this is what’s going to happen.

He said we should come together to support the government.

Dureza said the President has tandem with everyone to quell this terrorist actuality and directed to also save many lives as possible. “We have organized a humanitarian corridor in close coordination with the military here headed by Western Mindanao command chief Lieutenant General Carlito Galvez and local commanders,” he said.

We look at windows where we can further go in and extract those who are waiting to be saved, he added.

National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon said there are only small resistance points right now and is almost at its end. So we must now look ahead towards rehabilitating Marawi and the environs. Let’s go to rehabilitation, aside from saving lives. Let’s start with those that are wrecked.

Meanwhile, Lieutenant General Eduardo M Año shared the grand plan of the local terrorist group. He said, they were supposed to seize the whole of Marawi City and proclaim it as Islamic Caliphate State, attack camp Ranao and hope people of Marawi will support them in time of the first day of Ramadhan.

It will be one Islamic state and they will kill as many non-Muslims as they can. They would like to prove to the world that they are able to establish an Islamic state here in the country and in Asia, he said. Meanwhile, the WestMinCom conducted series of operations from Butlig to Pigiapo. Instead of staying in the highlands because it is vulnerable, they moved to the urban center where they can establish their Islamic state as final requirement for a full pledged ISIS.

However, their plan was aborted. On the day of Ramadhan, the local terrorist group were not able to deploy all their forces even from BIFF. We have the videos of the anti-terrorism council who orchestrated all of the efforts of the government and including the participation of non-government organization and civil society, he added.

Further, Dureza announced that as of 8 June, a total of 38 civilians were saved through military and humanitarian corridor.

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