Sunday’s four hour humanitarian ceasefire in Marawi City, where military units have been battling Maute Group terrorists for the past two weeks, has resulted in the rescue of 179 trapped residents, Armed Forces of the Philippines spokesperson Brig. Gen. Restituto Padilla said.
Armed with megaphones, five teams composed of Moro Islamic Liberation Front members, went out to the war zone areas calling for trapped civilians to come out of their hiding places.
A government emissary was sent to the camp of the Maute and was able to convince Abduallah Maute to participate the said ceasefire. President Rody Duterte tapped the Moro Islamic Liberation Front to help in the said mission. The team up created a safe passage of relief and rescued residents through a peace corridor
Padilla added that two persons were injured when fighting occurred during the temporary lull.
“There were skirmishes that occurred during the Humanitarian Pause this morning. Third party facilitators helped orchestrate and manage the humanitarian ceasefire. Around 179 trapped civilians were rescued today. Two persons hurt during the skirmishes while the HP was ongoing,” he added.
The humanitarian ceasefire started 8 a.m. and terminated 12 noon.
As of this posting, some 120 Maute Group members and 38 security forces were killed in the ongoing clashes in Marawi while 19 civilians were reportedly executed by the terrorists.