June 12, 2017 10:48am
Tears fell as Marawi City celebrated the 119th Independence Day on Monday.
In these emotional photos taken by GMA News’ Cedric Castillo, a soldier and a few residents are seen wiping off tears from their faces as the Philippine flag was raised at the provincial capitol grounds.
It was the first flag-raising ceremony held at the provincial capitol since the Maute group attacked the city on May 23, the same day that President Rodrigo Duterte declared martial law in Mindanao.
A total of 58 members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the Philippine National Police have died in the ongoing conflict.
Twenty-one civilians have also been confirmed killed by the Maute group, which has also lost 138 members, according to the military.
Several residents have been staying at the provincial capitol grounds, one of the several temporary shelters for the thousands of people displaced by the ongoing conflict. —ALG, GMA News