Soldiers of Marawi City
The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) has admitted dozens of soldiers on the battle ground fighting the Maute terrorists in Marawi City are getting sick.
According to AFP Spokesperson BGen. Restituto Padilla, 78 soldiers have been withdrawn from the battle ground after contracting malaria, dengue, leptospirosis, and getting bitten by dogs.
“Due to their long exposure to various elements. Some soldiers are getting sick as well as some civilians,” said Padilla.
Despite this, Padilla said the public has nothing to worry about as the sick have been treated in military medical facilities near the battle ground.
Soldiers in serious condition were also airlifted to the nearest hospital in Cagayan de Oro.
“If the doctors’ recommendation is for the soldiers to evacuate immediately, we have helicopters to fetch them,” Padilla added.
Although the number of government troops on the ground has lowered, Padilla said it did not affect their advancement to the stronghold of the Maute group.
In fact, Padilla said military’s clearing operation on the buildings occupied by Maute has become faster.
The military official also noted that just recently, they were able to retake control of 23 buildings, and 18 more last Saturday from the terrorists.
“We are trying our best to finish the crisis in Marawi at the soonest possible time. We can do this. Like what we are saying, it’s difficult to impose a time frame because we are facing complications and we want to rescue all the hostages,” said Padilla. – Lea Ylagan | UNTV News & Rescue
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