The commander of the Armed Forces of the Philippines-Western Mindanao Command (AFP-Westmincom) Monday said that aside from the 28 hostages – 12 children and 16 women – still in the hands of the Islamic Sate-inspired Maute Group, the enemy also has with them 31 to 33 of their dependents.
Lt. Gen. Carlito Galvez made the revelation as the conflict in war-torn Marawi entered its 140th day.
“Based doon sa revelation na may 12 children and 16 women na bihag, may 31 or 33 dependents of Maute and Abu Sayyaf. Dala nila iyung pamilya (Aside from the 12 children and 16 women who are hostages, the Maute and Abu Sayyaf have 31 to 33 dependents. They brought with them their families),” Galvez said.
“That’s why we are calling their attention na yung lahat ng nandun (all of them there) should be separated. As much as possible non-combatants are non-military targets,” he said.