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Salute our heroes! De Lima wants Senate to honor soldiers slain in Marawi

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Detained Sen. Leila de Lima wants to honor the heroism of soldiers and policemen who died defending Marawi City from the Maute terrorists who seized the city last May 23.

She filed Senate Resolution No. 411 urging the Senate to honor the members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) who died fighting the Maute group.

As of June 19, at least 62 soldiers and policemen have been killed in the line of duty since the start of the combined military and police operations to quell the Marawi siege.

“The Senate of the Philippines salutes the courage of the members of the AFP and the PNP, and honors the valor and heroism of those who sacrificed their lives to ensure that the country is safe and secure from the threats of terrorism,” de Lima said.

“This tragic loss of lives is greatly felt not only by the government, but is mourned by the entire Filipino nation, which lost gallant members of the uniformed service,” the senator said.

De Lima, detained at the Phil. National Police Custodial Center on drug charges, earlier warned the Duterte government against overlooking a possible humanitarian crisis looming in Marawi City following reports that hundreds of civilians are still trapped in the area.

Some of these trapped civilians were reportedly forced to eat cardboard boxes in order to survive the deteriorating conditions in the area, notably the scarcity of food supplies, while awaiting military-police rescue.

As of June 13, a total of 65,198 families or 316,684 individuals have been displaced from Marawi City and Marantao in Lanao del Sur, 14,772 of whom are reportedly staying in 68 evacuation centers.