AFP denies losing 19 troops
to terrorists this week
MANILA, July 29 --- The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) vehemently
denied reports that Maute Group terrorists have killed 19 soldiers involved
in the ongoing clearing operations in Marawi City Friday.
"That (report) is pure propaganda. Do not believe those sites. We are
transparent and we reports not contrived data," AFP spokesperson Brig. Gen.
Restituto Padilla said when asked about this matter Saturday.
As of July 27, the number of government troops killed in the more than two
months operation in Marawi City has been placed at 114 with more than 450
Fighting in the city started last May 23 when soldiers made a botched
attempt to arrest Abu Sayyaf leader and ISIS "emir" Isnilon Hapilon last May
23. (Priam F. Nepomuceno/PNA)