by Francis Wakefield
The skeletal remains of six persons were discovered by government troops in a place believed to be one of the execution sites of the Islamic State-inspired militants in Marawi City.
Field reports showed that troops from the Army’s 51st Infantry Battalion were doing clearing operations when they stumbled upon the skeletal remains clad in orange shirts believed to be executed in the early days of the rebellion, recorded on video and uploaded on the web.
Lt. Gen Carlito Galvez Jr., commander of the Western Mindanao Command (WestMinCom), said the brutal execution is proof of the group’s un-Islamic ways.
“These terrorists do not respect anyone or anything,” Galvez said.
“While these terrorists kill people indiscriminately respecting no one in trying to dissect our land, our soldiers will continue to liberate Marawi bearing in mind that this city belongs to our Maranao brothers and sisters and this land belongs to the Filipino people,” he added.
Brig. Gen. Rolando Joselito Bautista, commander of Joint Task Force Marawi, condemned the brutal behavior of the Maute/ASG.
“This brutal and inhuman actions of the Maute/ASG will not go unpunished. Our soldiers will do everything in their power to bring these terrorists to justice. We owe this to the victims, we owe this to our people” Bautista said.
“We will pursue the Maute/ASG terrorists who attacked and caused the destruction of Marawi. We will make the Maute/ASG terrorists accountable in the destruction of Marawi and the countless crimes they committed against our Maranao brothers and sisters; and the whole Filipino nation,” he added.
The latest find brings the number of remains recovered by troops to 45. It is believed there could be more who were mercilessly killed by the Maute/ASG militants for defying orders to loot, shoot at soldiers, or follow every whim and caprices of the militants, according to hostages rescued by government forces.
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