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Recovered Marine Soldier in Marawi battle gets Military Honors

The Philippine Marine Corps (PMC) on Wednesday accorded military honors to a fallen comrade who earlier went missing-in-action last June 9 during initial government efforts to retake Marawi City from the Maute Group terrorists.

Capt. Maria Rowena Dalmacio, PMC spokesperson, identified the fallen Marine as Pvt. Alejandro A. Balean who was reported missing after an encounter with undetermined number of Maute Group terrorists commanded by Abdulla Maute at the vicinity of Mapandi Bridge, Barangay Daguduban of the above-mentioned city.

She added Balean's remains arrived at Villamor Air Base, Pasay City from Iligan City Tuesday night.

Dalmacio said Balean was a member of 7th MC, Marine Battalion Landing Team 7 and was among the Marines who fought together with the late 1st Lt. John Frederick Savellano and 1st Lt. Raymund Abad.

The five-month battle for Marawi resulted in the deaths of 920 terrorists and 165 troopers and 47 civilians.

Accounts from the survivors said that Balean fell into th…
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Philippine military deter NPA harassments, and Marawi City 30 percent cleared from IED's

AFP troops deter harassment of communities by NPA units
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In a statement to The Manila Bulletin, Capt. Jerry S. Lamosao, regional Army spokesman of 10th Infantry (Agila) Division (10th ID), said the NPA terrorists attempted to harass some far-flung village communities in Compostela Valley (ComVal) and Davao Oriental provinces but were prevented by the combat maneuvering battalions of the 10th ID.

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