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    AFP to craft new urban warfare guidelines based on Marawi clash

    by UNTV News   |   Posted on Tuesday, August 8th, 2017

    The military admitted to being new to urban warfare. This is because soldiers are used to fighting in mountains or rural areas.

    The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) conceded that this is the reason why government troops are having difficulty in defeating the Maute terrorist group in Marawi City.

    This prompted the AFP to create new guidelines for urban warfare based on the military’s operations in Marawi.

    “He also directed all the men, commanders and soldiers on the ground to gather the documents that could serves as the basis of the creating or drafting of a new doctrine pursuant to what we have learned in the operations sa Marawi,” AFP-Public Affairs Office (PAO) chief Col. Edgard Arevalo said.

    Arevalo noted that soldiers had a different experience in its operation in the city, like battling terrorists who hide in concrete buildings.

    “Yes urban warfare, we can see the different dimension of the operation in urban terrain. In the past we have the opportunity, but not to this extent, not this massive as these operations,” Arevalo added.

    Aside from this, the AFP said soldiers were caught off guard when the enemy used its hostages as human shields.

    In the latest estimate on the Marawi rebellion, 45 civilians were killed. Soldiers and police were able to kill 528 terrorists, while on 122 on the part of the government died in the still ongoing battle. – Lea Ylagan | UNTV News and Rescue

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    AFP considers end of hostilities in Marawi City

    by UNTV   |   Posted on Friday, October 20th, 2017

    MANILA, Philippines — Armed Forces of the Philippines Public Affairs Office (AFP-PAO) chief Col. Edgard Arevalo is confident that the hostilities in Marawi City have ended, now that all the leaders of the Maute terror group have already died and they no longer have an organizational structure, war can be considered over.

    “Yes, we can say that the crisis in Marawi is over,” said Col. Arevalo.

    He added that the remaining Maute fighters holed up in the city are now in hiding, while the others have mixed in with the rescued hostages.

    “That’s what we are doing. We are physically going after them, and to rescue the remaining hostages,” said the official.

    Meanwhile, the military has yet to find the area where the remains of Malaysian terrorist Dr. Mahmud Ahmad is buried. The former university lecturer was the alleged financier of the  Maute terror group.

    According to AFP Chief of Staff Gen. Eduardo Año, the military can find the remains of Ahmad once they locate the person who buried him.

    “We have to find the right people that buried him. There’s an ongoing assault now, later on, we are able to capture some Maute fighters. He can be the one who can reveal where Dr. Mahmud was buried,” said Gen. Año.

    Año also noted that they are now conducting an assessment of the rescued hostages as many Maute fighters have mixed in with them to avoid being captured by the military. — Lea Ylagan | UNTV News & Rescue


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    20 more terrorists killed in latest encounter in Marawi City

    by UNTV   |   Posted on Friday, October 20th, 2017


    MANILA, Philippines —Twenty more members of the ISIS-inspired Maute terrorist group have been killed by the government forces since Wednesday night until early  Thursday morning.

    In a statement, AFP Chief of Staff Eduardo Año said that 13 were Wednesday night and seven more were slain on Thursday morning in the continuing military pursuit against the terrorists.

    The government also confirmed the intelligence report that among those killed was Dr. Mammud Ahmad, the financier who purportedly took over the leadership of the group following the death of Isnilon Hapilon and Omar Maute.

    This is based on a statement by one of the rescued hostages, saying that as soon as he was found dead, Mammud was buried Wednesday night.

    The military is now searching for Mammud’s remains and the burial site.

    Año added that seven more hostages have been freed, including a mother and her daughter who got injured but is now out of danger.

    Meanwhile, six soldiers were wounded but are now in better condition.

    With this data, the military believes that the number of hostages remaining with the terrorists has now gone down to 20.

    Gen. Ano stressed that the military is still in high morale, so is their desire to end the crisis in Marawi City.

    In total, the number of fatalities from the terrorists’ side is now at 850, and 163 from the government forces. — Lea Ylagan | UNTV News & Rescue



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    Philippine Army hosts testimonial review for AFP Chief of Staff Gen. Eduardo Año

    by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, October 19th, 2017


     Armed Forces of the Philippines

    MANILA, Philippines – Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Chief of Staff, Gen. Eduardo Año, extended his heartfelt thanks to the men and women of the AFP who helped and supported him in his leadership.

    He said a leader will not attain success without the love and dedication of those in the ranks.

    During his speech, Año stressed that Dr. Mahmud Ahmad, one of the military’s high value targets in Marawi City, is indeed dead.

    He said he also received reports that there were no enemies left in the area, as 10 of 20 hostages rescued by the military are also suspected to be members of the terrorist group. But this information is still for verification.

    Gen. Año assumed the position as AFP Chief of Staff in Dec. 7, 2016.

    He had been the head of the AFP Intelligence Service from 2012 to 2014, within which, NPA leaders Benito and Wilma Tiamzon were arrested.

    Año also led the search for Gen. Jovito Palparan and the killing of NPA leader commander Prago while he was with the 10th infantry division of the AFP.

    Gen. Año is scheduled to retire on October 26, his 56th birthday.

    He has 4 officials in mind whom he will recommend to the president to replace him. He is confident that should the president choose from anyone of the said four officials, the country is sure to be in good hands. – Roderic Mendoza | UNTV News & Rescue

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