News Release

From Presidential Spokesperson Ernie Abella – On the death of Omar Maute and Isnilon Hapilon

We confirm that government forces killed Omar Maute and Isnilon Hapilon early morning today, Monday, the 16th of October in Marawi City. 

Initial report from the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) ground commanders in Marawi mentioned that the two terrorist leaders, Omar Maute and Isnilon Hapilon, were neutralized while government troops were conducting an operation to retake the last remaining Daesh-Maute stronghold in the city.  Our operating units have already recovered their bodies.

Also, our troops have rescued 17 civilian hostages during the operation.

Mopping up operations are now underway.

Details of the operation will be released by the AFP as soon as permissible.

We will also announce the termination of hostilities once government troops have ensured that the remaining terrorists holed up in the city are neutralized or captured and that they have cleared all structures of improvised explosive devices (IEDs) and other traps.

Once the fighting stops and the clearing operations end, we will put our efforts and energies on the challenging task of rebuilding and rehabilitating Marawi.