Saturday, August 12, 2017

US Marine Corps commandant honors fallen PHL Marines in Marawi

From GMA News (Aug 11): US Marine Corps commandant honors fallen PHL Marines in Marawi

United States Marine Corps commandant General Robert Neller has honored members of the Philippine Marines who have died fighting the ISIS-inspired Maute group in Marawi City.

Neller, together with Philippine Marine Corps commandant Major General Emmanuel Salamat, offered a wreath Thursday at the PMC Heroes Memorial in Fort Bonifacio to render honor to the fallen Filipino Marines.

"These Marines were our friends, our partners and our allies, so on behalf of the entire US Marine Corps, I wanted to honor their sacrifice," he said.

As of August 10, 7 p.m., a total of 128 government troops and 552 Maute members have been killed in Marawi. A total of 45 civilians have also perished in the conflict.

Neller visited the Philippines to discuss matters of partnership and future engagements with his Philippine counterpart as well as US Embassy officials.

Aside from Salamat, Neller also met with Armed Forces chief General Eduardo Año, US Ambassador Sung Y. Kim, and US Marines on assignment at the Embassy in Manila.

The meetings focused on upcoming bilateral engagements in the country, regional security, and the future of diplomacy and interoperability between the two countries.

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