MANILA--- In honor of government security forces and civilians who died in the ongoing efforts to clear Marawi City of remaining Maute Group remnants, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) is observing Day of Silence and Prayer starting Sunday until early Monday, AFP spokesperson Brig. Gen. Restituto Padilla said.
"For the rest of the day today (Sunday) and early tomorrow (Monday), we shall not be providing updates. The AFP will observe a Day of Silence and Prayer in tribute to the fallen heroes of Marawi and also in remembrance of the innocent lives lost to rebel atrocities," he added.
As of Saturday, the military reported that security troops sustained 58 dead in the ongoing efforts to liberate Marawi City from the terrorists and another 20 civilians executed by the lawless elements early in the conflict which started May 23.
Thirteen of the recent losses were Marine troopers who were killed in a major engagement between Marine units and Maute Group terrorists which lasted for some 14 hours in Barangay Lilot Madaya in Marawi City Friday.
Fighting started 3:30 a.m. and ended 5 p.m. of June 9. Around 40 were also reported wounded.
"Our men served with honor and we ask you to join us in prayer for the repose of their souls, strength for the bereaved families in this moment of grief and for peace in our land," Padilla concluded.
Source: Philippines News Agency