Nearly 700 individuals have been killed in the ongoing fight in Marawi City. Based on the latest figure of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), the highest number is on the side of the terrorists with 528; 122 on the side of the government and 45 civilians.
But despite this, AFP Public Affairs Office Chief Col. Edgard Arevalo noted that the soldiers’ morale remains high amid rising casualties on the part of government troops.
He added that AFP Chief of Staff Gen. Eduardo Año went to the battle ground in Marawi City to give inspiration to soldiers on the ground.
“He feels that the morale of our men remains high despite the growing number of casualties and wounded in their ranks,” Arevalo said.
According to Arevalo it was the chief of staff who became more inspired because of the dedication and focus shown by the troops.
“Our snipers remained in their positions; they did not even allow themselves the opportunity to glance at their chief of staff. Their eyes were focused on their scopes. their eyes were focused on their possible targets,” Arevalo added.
Gen. Año calls on his men on the battle ground to stay alive so they could meet again for a celebration when the chaos caused by the Isis-inspired Maute group in Mindanao finally ends. – Lea Ylagan | UNTV News and Rescue
MANILA, Philippines — Death toll in Cagayan Valley due to Typhoon Ulysses has reached 30 according to the Office of Civil Defense Region II.
The region also recorded 14 casualties from a landslide; 13 from drowning and three from electrocution. Thirteen of the casualties were from Cagayan, 10 from Nueva Vizcaya, five from Isabela, and 2 were from Quirino.
Meanwhile, 10 roads and bridges remain closed in Tuguegarao City due to structural damage and flooding.
Clean-up drives are ongoing in the region as floodwaters brought by Ulysses continue to recede. AAC (with reports from Grace Doctolero)
MANILA, Philippines — The death toll due to Typhoon Ulysses has reached 37, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said Saturday.
NDRRMC spokesperson Mark Timbal, in a message sent to reporters, further reported that twenty-two people were injured while 15 remain missing.
Timbal said, of the 37 fatalities, 20 were from Region II (Cagayan Valley), six from Region 4-A (Calabarzon), five in Region V (Bicol Region), and six in Region I-A or the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR).
Of the 22 injured, three were from Region III (Central Luzon), nine from Calabarzon, eight in Region V, and two in CAR.
Of the 15 missing, two were from Calabarzon, eight from the Bicol Region, and five from CAR.
Meanwhile, damage in agriculture in regions I, II, III, Calabarzon, V, and CAR was estimated at P999.8 million.
Damage to infrastructure, on the other hand, was estimated at P253 million. This was recorded in Region I and in Region IV-B (Mimaropa). — /mbmf
MANILA, Philippines – The number of fatalities due to Typhoon Ulysses has risen to 14, Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Eduardo Año said Friday.
No details have been provided yet on which areas the fatalities were from and their cause of death.
According to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (NDRRMC) the reported number of casualties they received are still being validated.
Police earlier said the death toll from the typhoon is at 26 while the military said its teams have found more than 30 bodies.
Año said three persons were reported missing while more than 38,000 people were rescued from their flooded homes.
Over 100,000 families are currently staying in evacuation centers and are being served by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and local government units.
The DSWD also reported that it has distributed family food packs and other non-food items to affected families in Quezon City, Marikina, Region 2, CALABARZON, and Bicol.
The Department of Public Works and Highways, meanwhile, reported that Typhoon Ulysses left at least P4.2 billion in damages to infrastructure.
The department also said that clearing operations are ongoing to immediately open at least 53 roads that were closed due to landslide and flooding incidents. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Harlene Delgado)
UNTV is a major TV broadcast network with 24-hour programming. An Ultra High Frequency station with strong brand content that appeal to everyone, UNTV is one of the most trusted and successful Philippine networks that guarantees wholesome and quality viewing experience.