Islamists have been besieged in Marawi for over four months. They still hold 46 people hostage there. Lt. Gen. Carlito Galvez, commander of the Western Mindanao Command (Wesmincom) said:
… state forces are now engaging the Maute fighters in close quarter combat as government gains in the past days had reduced the main battle area to the size of 2 football fields.
President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday paid another visit to the conflict-torn Marawi City, as state troops expressed confidence that the crisis in the predominantly Muslim city is now nearing its end.
Duterte’s visit today to the strife-torn city was his sixth since clashes erupted there last May 23.
Palace officials said Duterte visited the city to lead the inauguration of Bahay Pag-asa for the symbolic transfer of shelters to the displaced residents of the city.
From CIW NEWS Contributor
Marawi, Lanao del Sur, Philippines
Philippines (PH) is estimated to have a population of 103.3 million with a growth rate during 2010-2015 of 1.6% pa.
At the same rate of change, in five years' time its population will increase by 8.5 million.