Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said during the press conference on Monday, July 3, that Isnilon Hapilon, the Abu Sayyaf leader is still in Marawi City and has not left.
“According to our latest info, he is still inside Marawi. In fact, there is information we got this morning that he is hiding in one of the mosques in Marawi,” said Lorenzana.
“I think this is maybe correct because we also have people watching his arrival in Basilan. There were 3 fighters from Marawi [who] arrived in Basilan more than a week ago but Isnilon was not one of them so we still believe he is still in Marawi,” the defense chief said.
Although military received reports that Hapilon had escaped already, they are still verifying them.
“He (Hapilon) has not been seen in the area. We have some reports that he was already able to slip somewhere but as of now we are still confirming the reports,” said Lieutenant General Carlito Galvez, head of the military’s Western Mindanao Command, in an interview on dzBB.
The reward money for Hapilon’s capture or death would be around P270 million offered by President Duterte and United States.