Brawner said the clearing operations were being undertaken 'sector by sector' in the 24 barangays that used to be the main battle area
between the soldiers and members of the Islamic State-Maute Group.
Marawi rehab, return of displaced families delayed anew !-- -- Roel Pareao (The Philippine Star) - August 28, 2019 - 12:00am ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines The return of displaced families and rehabilitation of the main battle area
in Marawi will be delayed again until it is free of unexploded ordnance and bombs, according to a military official.
2019-436 granting the special promotion of seven PNP members for their gallantry in action during the conduct of clearing and safe disposal operations of improvised explosive devices (IEDs) and unexploded ordnance (UXOs) inside buildings and alleyways in the main battle area
to ensure the safe movement of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and PNP forces in conducting clearing and offensive operations.
Engineer Ikmat Inono Bantuas, NHA rehabilitation manager for Marawi's main battle area
, issued the order dated Dec.
Military sources also cited the presence of cash couriers inside the Marawi main battle area
during the siege.
"The AFP's clearing operations are focused on the remaining areas of Marawi City believed to hold terrorist stragglers and some family members fighting for survival and hiding it out in the hope of escaping the main battle area
," he said.
"Digging my boots" as the Secretary says and putting up camp in the main battle area
, focus as a ground commander together with his foot soldiers were all risks he shared in the frontlines.
The female soldiers were given an opportunity to provide combat support and combat service support to the force in the main battle area
The rehabilitation will start with the clearing of debris in a 6-ha area of the main battle area
by local company FinMat International Resources Inc.
The death of Hapilon, Omar Maute, one of the founders of the extremist group that bears his family name, and financier Mahmud Ahmad, in separate military assaults, weakened the organization considerably as remaining members tried to flee from the main battle area
. In its latest offensive, the military killed two more Maute stragglers, including the alleged "right hand" of Hapilon.
According to the military officials, two armed men, believed to be stragglers from the Maute Group died following an encounter with soldiers at around 8:40pm on Wednesday at the main battle area
in Marawi City.
Government security forces have been hunting down Abu Dar and his group since they escaped from the main battle area