Bombardments by OV-10 light attack aircraft were carried for over an hour early on Thursday.
Duterte continued to say he was saddened by the loss of lives on the government side, including the 11 soldiers who were killed by a wayward bomb during a military airstrike the day before. The first plane hit the target but the second missed.
"We will be unrelenting in the pursuit of our mission". Results of the probe will be out in three to five days.
PAF now has in its arsenal at least 30 SF260 Marchetti aircraft manufactured by Alenia Aermacchi of Italy. "Because the report that we got from the civilians and from Marawi is that they saw a lot of foreign-looking fighters", he said. Officials say the commander, Isnilon Hapilon, who is one of Washington's most-wanted militants, is still hiding somewhere in the city.
Galvez assured that while the AFP leadership commits and takes the initiative to conduct a thorough investigation on the circumstances surrounding this unwanted development, the AFP will remain focused on its mission. "It's so hard to live in this evacuation camp", said Dimangadap, a single mother of five. "And all we can do is to see to it that it will not happen again", he said.
Since the Philippine government lost control of the city, at least 39 soldiers, 19 civilians and some 120 militants, several of whom were foreign fighters, have been killed in the fighting there, according to the news service.
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"We do not know because we don't have any record of them coming through the proper channel, through the airports", he said.
The armed forces have used a combination of ground troops and rocket strikes from helicopters since the weekend to try flush rebels of the Maute group out of buildings.
"We will incessantly push our way forward to retake the remaining part of Marawi and liberate the people that the terrorists continue to use as human shields". Snipers and buildings that obstructed cannon fire were making it hard for troops to end the siege, said Lorenzana, who had wanted to end the crisis by Friday.
"I believe so. They are ISIS members, yeah".
"There could be more".
"And that's the reason why Nobleza tried and with one Abu Sayyaf went to Bohol to try to extricate the Abu Sayyaf that were being hunted by the military", Lorenzana said.
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He also told government agencies to ensure the safety and welfare of persons displaced by the fighting, and to recognize the role of the media.
Southeast Asian fighters fleeing the Middle East "could look to Mindanao to provide temporary refuge as they work their way home", said a report late previous year by the Jakarta-based Institute for Policy Analysis of Conflict, predicting a high risk of regional violence.
"(This) Marawi. has always been planned.
"The area is very porous, it's very big".
Following the incident, the Philippine military has deployed more ground troops and armored vehicles, indicating it could pull back on airstrikes.
Lorenzana said the identities of the foreigners are now being verified, along with their affiliations.
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An estimated 2,000 residents locked themselves up in their own homes for a week when Maute rebels started to sow violence in the Lanao del Sur capital.