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photo by Raffy Tima; videos by Rappler and Manila Bulletin; other credits: As stated in the embedded materials, all used here non-commercially for academic purposes.
Duterte (see news video below, scroll down) :
“I HEREBY DECLARE…
… Marawi… City? …
photo by Raffy Tima, June 15 post
Bangon (Rise up) Marawi people!
Trigger warning: The next video from Manila Bulletin on the same declaration by the President shows in the background a tarpaulin of graphic, non-pixelized images of the zoomed-in bloodied, shattered faces of the two Maute leaders killed.
from rappler: ” “Ladies and gentlemen, I hereby declare Marawi City liberated from the terrorist influence that marks the beginning of rehabilitation.”
” This was what President Rodrigo Duterte said when he made his 7th visit to Marawi City on Tuesday, October 17, the 148th day of the war since it erupted on May 23.
” He declared the liberation of Marawi City from local armed groups whose leaders pledged allegiance to the international terrorist network Islamic State (ISIS).
” AFP Spokesperson Major General Restituto Padilla, however, said in an ANC interview the war in Marawi continues. “It will continue until armed elements are dealt with. But terrorists no longer have complete control.”
” “There are still a few more that are left, and a few more hostages that are still in the area that remains to be a battle area. The declaration of the President hopefully gives way to the entry and start of rehabilitation, reconstruction, and rebuilding of Marawi from the ashes.”
“Padilla said the rebuilding of Marawi “needs to have the go signal of the President that’s why the declaration has been made. But the fight for the remaining armed members that are still in the area continues and based on the ground commanders’ testaments – it’s most likely that the President was debriefed – that this is a matter of time, that will happen soon, and that there are no complications that will be seen or are seen at the moment, this is why the declaration has been made.”
” Armed Forces chief General Eduardo Año also said on Tuesday, “Marawi City has been declared liberated. 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. What remains now is mopping up operations against Maute ISIS stragglers in a small area. We can now begin the next phase which is damage assessment which is part already of rehabilitation and reconstruction.”
” In a statement later given to the media, Padilla said, “The declaration was made by the President knowing the remaining enemy force is no longer a force to reckon with. Clearing operations are already underway to finish them off should they decide to continue the fight.”
Padilla said the President thanked “all our troops for their sacrifice, dedication and gallantry. He also committed government’s assistance to all evacuees and families affected by the conflict. We call on every sector and our citizenry to help and support the bigger task of rebuilding.”
” “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. What remains now is mopping up operations against Maute ISIS stragglers in a small area. We can now begin the next phase which is damage assessment which is part already of rehabilitation and reconstruction.”
” A day earlier, troops killed Isnilon Hapilon and Omar Maute – the top leaders behind the siege – and rescued 17 hostages.
” 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.
” Over a thousand people were killed in the war that dragged for nearly 5 months.
“More bodies are expected to be retrieved as they clear the battle area. Local officials expect the death toll among the civilians to rise.”