From the Philippine News Agency (Jun 6): Reduced Maute Group resistance now being noted in Marawi City
Slackening of fire is now being noted in the remaining Maute Group positions in Marawi City, Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) spokesperson Brig. Gen. Restituto Padilla said on Monday.
He added that resistance among the remaining terrorists is now considerably less compared to the first few days of fighting.
The conflict in Marawi City started when government security troops tried to arrest Abu Sayyaf leader Isnilon Hapilon, an ally of the terrorist band, last May 23.
"That (lessening of resistance and lower of volume of fire) means that they are low on supply, low on everything," Padilla added.
Despite this observation, the AFP spokesperson declined to give estimate on the number of the remaining Maute Group terrorists and the timeline on when the lawless group will be totally neutralized and Marawi City cleared and ready again for civilian living.
"(It) depends on the ground commander, its not on us, we will wait for the ground commander's assessment of the situation," he added.
As of this posting, Maute Group losses are now at 120, government security forces at 38, civilians executed at 20, 98 firearms recovered and 1,467 civilians rescued from the hands of the terrorists.