MARAWI CITY — Government troops recovered six more skeletal remains in the battle zone here, bringing the total number of civilians killed in the ongoing fighting to 55 in this besieged city, an official announced Friday.
The fighting between government troops and the Maute group backed by Abu Sayyaf bandits is now confined in four barangays namely Marinaot, Moncado Colony, Lilod, and Raya Madaya.
“The cadavers were already brought to Iligan City,” Assemblyman Zia Alonto-Adiong, Crisis Management Committee (CMC) said on Friday.
Adiong noted that one of the six skeletal remains “have been identified and the family has been notified.”
Adiong is encouraging the evacuees who have missing relatives to provide their Deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) samples to fast track the process of identification since most of the recovered bodies were either in the advance state of decomposition or skeletal remains.
The local government has created centers for families to register the names and other information of their missing relatives.
Personnel of the Scene of the Crime Operatives (SOCO) have suggested that future retrieval of the remains will be made when the situation will improve.
The SOCO stopped the retrieval operation brought about by the intense fighting.
“Per SOCO the retrieval should be done until the fighting is over. They need to establish other information such the area where the cadavers were found to help determine their identities,” Adiong said. Darwin Wally Wee/PNA-northboundasia.com