News Release

From Presidential Spokesperson Ernie Abella – On the military pullout in Marawi

The start of the military pullout in Marawi does not signal the end of fighting between our troops and Maute terrorist-stragglers.

While enemy force has greatly diminished, we will continue to be alert and assure the residents of the city that we will not compromise its security with the presence of some units of the Armed Forces.

We cannot afford to drop our guard for possible threats coming from the remaining network of the Daesh-inspired terrorist group still operating as we begin the challenging task of rebuilding, reconstruction and rehabilitation of Marawi.