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ICC Note: Philippine government is close to retake Marawi city, which has been the center of armed conflicts between IS-inspired Maute fighters and government troops since last May. Military is making a guarantee that as long as the fighters free their hostages (including Catholic priest Soganub) and surrender, they will not take their lives.

09/16/2017 Philippines (The Inquirer) –Surrendering gunmen will not be shot but will be treated humanely if they free their hostages.

The military on Friday made this guarantee as it intensified its campaign to convince the remaining members of the Islamic State-inspired Maute fighters and their allies to surrender.

“They have to free their hostages. If they will surrender, we will not shoot them. That’s our arrangement,” Col. Romeo Brawner, Joint Task Force Marawi deputy commander, told the Inquirer.

Between 40 and 70 gunmen remain in a section of Marawi, trying to fight off advancing troops whose campaign to retake this capital city of Lanao del Sur is approaching its fourth month, according to government reports.

Brawner said the military had turned to text messaging, public address system and social media to reach out to the gunmen and convince them to lay down their weapons and free their hostages.

He said gunmen who wanted to surrender could call the hotline number being circulated in the city or send text messages.

A few weeks back, Omar Maute, one of the top terrorist leaders here, reportedly asked the military to provide him and his allies free passes in exchange for the freedom of the hostages, including Catholic priest Fr. Teresito Suganob.

 

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ICC Note: Philippine government is close to retake Marawi city, which has been the center of armed conflicts between IS-inspired Maute fighters and government troops since last May. Military is making a guarantee that as long as the fighters free their hostages (including Catholic priest Soganub) and surrender, they will not take their lives.

 

09/16/2017 Philippines (The Inquirer) –Surrendering gunmen will not be shot but will be treated humanely if they free their hostages.

 

The military on Friday made this guarantee as it intensified its campaign to convince the remaining members of the Islamic State-inspired Maute fighters and their allies to surrender.

 

They have to free their hostages. If they will surrender, we will not shoot them. That’s our arrangement,” Col. Romeo Brawner, Joint Task Force Marawi deputy commander, told the Inquirer.

 

Between 40 and 70 gunmen remain in a section of Marawi, trying to fight off advancing troops whose campaign to retake this capital city of Lanao del Sur is approaching its fourth month, according to government reports.

 

Brawner said the military had turned to text messaging, public address system and social media to reach out to the gunmen and convince them to lay down their weapons and free their hostages.

 

He said gunmen who wanted to surrender could call the hotline number being circulated in the city or send text messages.

 

A few weeks back, Omar Maute, one of the top terrorist leaders here, reportedly asked the military to provide him and his allies free passes in exchange for the freedom of the hostages, including Catholic priest Fr. Teresito Suganob.

 

 

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