The Philippines honored the fallen soldiers and the innocent civilians who died in the ongoing Marawi conflict on the 119th anniversary of its independence Monday, June12.
“Today as the nation observes Independence Day we will pay homage to the fallen soldiers of Marawi,” Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella said in a statement.
Abella said “the names of our brave soldiers who died fighting in Marawi City will be flashed on TV and read over the radio, with the sound of taps, at twelve noon as a tribute to their heroism for making the ultimate sacrifice for the flag and the country we dearly love.”
“We would likewise remember all the innocent victims who perished as a result of rebel atrocities committed,” he said.
The Palace official also called on the public to join the high-noon salute for the fallen soldiers and civilians.
“We enjoin the public to honor these heroes and civilians and pray for them and the families they left behind,” he said.
Brigadier General Restituto Padilla, Armed Forces of the Philippines spokesman, said they had also asked the Catholic Church for a tolling of bells to salute the Marawi heroes.
As of posting time, 58 soldiers and 21 civilians have been killed in the ongoing fighting with the Maute terrorist group that has been seeking to establish an independent state in Mindanao.