MANILA-- Department of National Defense (DND) Secretary Delfin Lorenzana on Monday said Abu Sayyaf leader and ISIS "emir" in Southeast Asia is still in Marawi City.
The defense official issued this statement during "Mindanao Hour" briefing at Malacanang Monday.
"According to our latest info, he is still inside Marawi. In fact, we got the information this morning (Monday) that he is hiding in one of the mosque in Marawi," he added.
"And this is maybe correct because we also have people watching in Basilan (and they reported that) there were three fighters (who fought in Marawi) that have arrived in Basilan last week," Lorenzana stressed.
As of this posting, the number of Maute Group terrorists neutralized is placed at 337 with 82 government troops killed and 44 civilians executed.
Source: Philippines News Agency