MARAWI CITY, Philippines – The deputy chief of the Marawi City Police, Police Inspector Edwin Placido, was among the first to sacrifice his life to defend the city from local terrorists.
Combined forces of the homegrown Maute Group and the Abu Sayyaf faction from Basilan attempted to seize Marawi City on May 23 and establish a caliphate here.
At least 45 members of security forces were honored, based on a list released by the Presidential Communications Operations Office Friday, June 9.
President Rodrigo Duterte honored the fallen men.
"It is my honor to express my deepest admiration and gratitude for your fallen comrades who put themselves on the line to keep our country safe and strong," Duterte said in a speech at Camp Iranun in Sultan Kudarat on Friday.
"Your valiant efforts will not go unnoticed. The country and people are forever grateful to our brave soldiers," Duterte added.
Here's the list of the heroes of Marawi City.