Extremists’ activities halted
MANILA – The Armed Forces of the Philippines’ Western Command chief, Lt. General Cirilito E. Sobejana said with the government’s whole of nation approach, “the extremists’ clandestine activities had stopped.”
Asked about his thoughts on the Marawi siege which left over a thousand dead more than three years ago, he said the clandestine activities which stopped include the recruitment and brainwashing of Maranao youngsters.
“They do not have the logistics any more to convince the youth to join them in the guise of offering better livelihood. The strength of the extremists particularly the Maute Group in Marawi was significantly reduced,” he said.
General Sobejana said he looks forward to the day when the old glory of Marawi City will be achieved.
Most of the residents hope the programs promised by the Duterte Administration would be completed for them to return to normal lives.
Marawi City has strictly implemented ECQ and GCQ since March but media reports listed eight positive cases since they complied with the “Hatid Probinsya” program. (Melo M. Acuña)
AFP Western Command chief Lt. General Cirilito E. Sobejana. (AFP Western Command photo)