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Philippine Marawi Liberated From Daesh-Linked Terrorists

Philippine Marawi Liberated From Daesh-Linked Terrorists

A day after their deaths were confirmed, President Rodrigo Duterte announced the liberation of Marawi City, after almost five months of fighting.

The army said it was battling up to 30 militants left in the city, who were holding about 20 hostages.

Duterte made the declaration in a rain-soaked speech to troops in Marawi where they have been fighting the militants in clashes that have claimed more than 1,000 lives and displaced 400,000 people.

"They're leaderless and they have no more organisation", he said.

The army is in the final stages of liberating the Muslim city in the province of Mindanao after it was invaded by Isil-linked terrorists on May 23, causing 360,000 to flee.

Several countries and organizations have provided aid for state troops and rebuilding efforts in the battered city, among them the United States, China, Australia, Japan and the European Union.

Philippine flags hung from pockmarked buildings and houses, their roofs either blasted away or riddled with gunshot holes.

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"The commitment of the security officials during the martial law hearings in Congress is that they will recommend the lifting of martial law once security threat has been downgraded", Baguilat said.

MANILA- The Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) denied on Tuesday that they regret the killing of terrorist leaders Isnilon Hapilon and Omar Maute. The small number of the remaining enemy can now be considered a law enforcement matter and does not constitute serious threat to hinder the succeeding phases of national government programs.

The military fought a fierce war with the homegrown Maute Group and a faction of the Abu Sayyaf Group led by supposed ISIS emir Hapilon.

The IPAC concludes that Ahmad is poised to "play a critical role" in regrouping fighters in the Philippines, coordinating with Southeast Asian fighters from the Middle East, and strategizing attacks. "We pray for all the dead, and for lasting peace in Mindanao", Villegas said.

Vice President Leni Robredo said on Tuesday: "Ang pagwawakas po ng labanan sa Marawi ay simula pa lamang ng mahabang proseso ng paghihilom at pagbangon muli".

Lacson said the military should finish its mission prior to the reconstruction and rehabilitation of Marawi.