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.
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. (mindanaosunchronicle.com/Al Rosero)