Phil. Marines in Marawi clearing operations lauded PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 10 October 2017 14:01

The Western Mindanao Command on Saturday lauded the Philippine Marine Corps for its contributions to government’s bid to crush the Maute terror group.

Lt. Gen. Carlito Galvez, Jr. of WestMinCom told Marine personnel during an on-field dialogue in Marawi City Saturday that he is grateful to them for restoring government control over many areas there following tedious operations in the past four months.

It was Marine servicemen who reclaimed from Maute terrorists the vital bridges connecting main thoroughfares in Marawi City, the capital of Lanao del Sur.

The country’s battle-hardened Marine corps is a well-trained rapid deployment force of the Philippine Navy that is first to breach through Marine units in Marawi City to guard against possible vengeful rampage by remaining Maute terrorists still holding out in smaller areas with hostages.

“I’m praying they would not vent their ire on non-military targets like innocent civilians just to get even for their heavy losses,” Galvez said.

Galvez said all of their tactical operations in Marawi City are closely coordinated with local executives and the Lanao del Sur provincial government to ensure military-LGU cooperation in the restoration of normalcy in the area.

He said he has promised the Marines serving in Marawi City appropriate citations as soon as the government’s mission of clearing the area from Maute terrorists is accomplished.

“Those who had exemplified gallantry in action shall be given corresponding medals,” Galvez said.

More than 20 Marines were killed while dozens more were wounded in encounters with Maute gunmen since the conflict in Marawi City erupted on May 23.

“There was utmost cordiality among us during our impromptu dialogue. Their morale is so high and the zeal to accomplish their mission is overwhelming,” Galvez said. (John Felix Unson)

Photo: Marine servicemen listen to instructions of Army Lt. Gen. Carlito Galvez, Jr. during his visit to Marawi City on Saturday.  (John Felix M. Unson)