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Military in complete control of Marawi

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The end of the armed conflict in Marawi City is near as the military continued to score gains against Islamic State-linked militants that launched a deadly attack on the area a week ago, a military spokesman announced yesterday.

Brig. Gen. Restituto Padilla, Armed Forces spokesman, said the military has “complete control” of Marawi City and is now clearing the “pockets of resistance” in the area.

“Although we do not have a timeline, we’re seeking to end this as soon as possible. Our ground commanders have assured that the end is almost there so we hope to get clear results,” Padilla said in a Palace press conference.

“It is not true that half of the city is controlled by the rebels. Totally untrue. The Armed Forces and the police – our forces are in complete control of the city, except in certain areas of the city where they continue to hold.

These are the subject of clearing operations that are continuously being conducted,” he said. (Genalyn D. Kabiling)