CBCP denies it 'regrets' killing of Hapilon, Maute

CBCP denies it 'regrets' killing of Hapilon, Maute

Kerry Wise
October 18, 2017

He said the fighting is nearing its end, but "We will take all the time we need so we can save whatever lives are still in the battle zone".

Two top Isis leaders were killed in the ongoing anti-terrorist operation in Philippines' Marawi city, defence secretary Delfin Lorenzana said on Monday (16 October).

"According to some reports, he (Mamud) is still hiding in one of the buildings there and that's what they (troops) are trying to do now", Lorenzana said.

Marawi, a mosque-studded center of Islamic faith in the predominantly Roman Catholic Philippines, has been devastated by five months of military attacks against the Islamic State group-allied militants who overran the city on May 23. Officials said that Isnilon Hapilon, who is listed among the FBI's most-wanted terror suspects, and Omarkhayam Maute were killed in a gunbattle and their bodies were found Monday in Marawi.

Philippine military chief of staff General Eduardo Ano showed reporters a photo of what he said was Hapilon's bloodied face.

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"Hapilon and Maute. The CBCP never made such a statement", Villegas added. "We may announce the termination of hostilities in the couple of days". Hapilon also had a $5m USA bounty on his head for carrying out multiple ransom kidnappings and beheadings of United States citizens. "So, it's huge money", the defense chief said.

On the other hand, Omar Maute and his brother Abdullah founded a group named after them that pledged allegiance to the Daesh following their return to the Philippines from their studies in Egypt where the imbibed the Daesh teachings.

The siege, which lasted nearly five months destroyed much of the city's once popular center and left more than 400,000 people from Marawi and elsewhere living in temporary shelters. They were also able to recover 17 hostages. Hapilon was based in Basilan island in the strife-torn south but authorities said in January that he had moved to the Mautes' base in Lanao del Sur province, 300 kilometres (180 miles) east, to create an alliance and to establish an IS presence there. The deaths of Hapilon and Maute signal the end of the militant groups, Ano said. "Terrorism will take a new form in the post-Marawi period because these terrorist groups linked to ISIS continue to innovate and their actions are evolving", Rommel Banlaoi, chairman of the Philippine Institute for Peace, Violence and Terrorism Research, told AFP.

"Women and children are now forced to fight together with the Maute-ISIS fighters".