The military operation was focused on the location where Abu Sayyaf leader Isnilon Hapilon was hiding in the conflict area in Marawi City.
AFP Spokesman Brig said. Gen. Restituto Padilla, they believe that the ISIS emir in the Asia region is still in the forefront of the Maritime after the recent reports have not been confirmed that it has escaped the city out.
According to Padilla, they can not just say now that the exact location of Hapilon is hiding as the government’s operations continue.
Meanwhile, there is an indication that one of the Maute brothers was killed but until they were found where they were buried, they have not yet confirmed it.
“Again, this is the same question I think that we have in previous weeks. First on the status of Isnilon Hapilon, the assumption of our ground commanders based on the lack of confirmation regarding his escape or flight from the area of Marawi is that he’s still in the area. So that having been said, our operations are focused on the possible area where he is believed to be still in hiding. I could not disclose that exact location. As to the death of some of the Maute Brothers, there is an indication that one has died. But until such time that the grave on where he was buried is located, we can not categorically confirm. But for the others, we believe they are alive, “Padilla said.