By Aaron Recuenco
Five policemen and five civilians, who were trapped in Marawi City since the attack of the Maute gunmen three weeks ago, were rescued on Tuesday, June 13.
The 10 were rescued by members of the PNP Special Action Force, Regional Public Safety Battalion ARMM and Armed Forces.
A report reaching Camp Crame in Quezon City identified the rescued cops as PO3 Ricky Alawi, 46; PO1 Ibrahim Wahab, 32; PO1 Lumna Lidasan, 44; PO1 Esmael Adao, 34; and, PO1 Bernard Villaries, 52. All of them are assigned to the Marawi City Police.
The rescued civilians, on the other hand, were Jeneber Velasquez, 26; Rodel Alico, 20; Jerald Docallos, 16; Mateo Velasquez, 33; and, Analices Mari, 32.
“Some of them were construction workers from Lala, Lanao del Norte. They came from the compound Masjid Al-Imam Ali in Barangay Moncado in Cadingilan, Marawi City,” the report read.
Jeneber Velasquez and Alico had to be applied with first aid due to their wounds in left thigh and right foot, the report added.
The report stated that several commandos of Special Action Force and the military were deployed in Bangolo Bridge at around 6 a.m. Tuesday after they were informed about the approaching policemen and civilians.
Prior to the rescue, another cop was able to escape from being trapped in Lumba-Bayabao where Maute gunmen were also spotted. He was identified as Po2 Khoeminie Mamalapat of the Marawi City Police.
“He was trapped during the attack on May 23 in Marawi City but was able to escape on June 4,” the report read.
The cop also hid for several days from the Maute gunmen before he was finally rescued at around 9:30 p.m. on Tuesday. (With reports from Francis Wakefield)
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