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by Genalyn D. Kabiling

The government is not giving up on the battle to clear Marawi of extremists and restore normalcy in the conflict-torn city despite losing 13 Marines in a clash Friday.

WORKERS prepare printed shirts with the message ‘Save Marawi City’ at their stall in Recto, Manila. (MB photo | Camille Ante)

Malacañang has mourned the heavy government casualties but the unfortunate incident has not weakened its resolve to put an end to the Marawi conflict.

“The Palace is deeply saddened by the news on the 13 Marines killed in action during a firefight in Marawi City. They fought gallantly for the liberation of our Maranao brothers and sisters,” presidential spokesman Ernesto Abella said.

“This incident, albeit unfortunate, gives us greater impetus to clear Marawi of lawless elements, save the trapped civilians, and restore order, security, and normalcy to the city and its residents,” he said.

Abella called on the public to continue rallying behind the troops combating armed groups in Marawi.

“Let us continue showing our strong support to our courageous and heroic men and women in uniform fighting for Marawi and defending the Republic,” he said.

The Palace temporarily suspended the regular “Mindanao Hour” briefing yesterday to remember the country’s fallen soldiers. The day of silence and prayer for the fallen heroes of Marawi was initiated by the Armed Forces of the Philippines.

“These brave men served the flag and country with honor and we ask you to join us in prayer that the Almighty bless and guide their souls and comfort their bereaved families in this moment of grief,” Malacañang said.

The Armed Forces has promised to liberate Marawi from terrorists by today, June 12, the 119th anniversary of Philippine Independence. The military plans to observe Independence Day by raising the nation’s flag in the battle zone.

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