It’s 58-138 Killed in Marawi Clash; Military Mum if War Ends on Monday’s Independence Day

The military is mum if they can end the clash in Marawi City, with the statistics on fatalities climbing in both sides.

A GMA TV report on Saturday past noon said that reporters heard in Marawi battleground that the military is racing to end the clash by Monday, during the Independence Day.  Reporters asked the military about the buzz, but the ground commander was reportedly mum about it.
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GMA TV online report said that members of the Marine Battalion Landing Team 7 and MBLT 5 encountered an undetermined number of Maute group members in a village at around 3:30 a.m. on Friday, lasting until until 6:30 p.m.

After the smoke of war cleared, the military suffered another batch of fatalities, 12 soldiers among whom was 1st Lt. Frederick Savellano, commander of the MBLT7’s 37th Marine Company, the group that stumbled on the P52 million cash and P17 million worth of checks in a Maute group hideout in Barangay Mapandi earlier this week.

The report said that Maute terrorists were using rocket-propelled grenades and improvised explosive devices beside the much reported snipers.

In the latest count, the government’s death toll was at 58 while a total of 138 Maute members and 21 civilians have been killed in the ongoing conflict, Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) spokesman Brig. Gen. Restituto Padilla on Saturday said during the Mindanao Hour at Malacañang.

Meanwhile, the military is verifying report that terrorist leaders Onar and Mhade Maute have been killed in military offensives, said  Lt. Col. Jo-Arr Herrera, Task Force Marawi spokesman.

Saturday is Day 19 of the current Marawi war. ( Rosero)

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