DEFENSE SECRETARY DELFIN N. LORENZANA
on the Death of Isnilon Hapilon, Omar MAute and Rescue of 17 Hostages
The report also said that our troops have rescued 17 civilian hostages and mopping up operations are underway.
We will announce the termination of hostilities once government forces have ensured that there are no more terrorist-stragglers in the city and we have cleared all structures of IEDs and other traps.
After the fighting stops, we will refocus our efforts on the challenging task of rebuilding nd rehabilitating Marawi. DND/MCAG