IN PHOTOS: When Duterte declared the liberation of Marawi

MARAWI CITY, Philippines – Rain was pouring but it did not douse the jubilation inside the battle zone in Marawi City. 

On Tuesday, October 17, President Rodrigo Duterte declared the liberation of Marawi City from terrorists on Tuesday, October 17, to the applause of soldiers who fought fierce battles with local armed groups linked with international terrorist network Islamic State (ISIS). 

He said it signals the beginning of massive work to rehabilitate the city flattened by a war that dragged on for nearly 5 months. 

The declaration comes as the military declared the presence of a few dozen fighters in the battle insignifant.

The top leaders behind the siege – Isnilon Hapilon and Omar Maute – were killed past midnight on Monday. 

Rappler correspondent Bobby Lagsa took these photos. 

SALUTE. President Rodrigo Duterte leads the singing of the national anthem inside the battle area in Marawi City.

SALUTE. President Rodrigo Duterte leads the singing of the national anthem inside the battle area in Marawi City.

KILLED. Troops stare at enlarged photos of the dead bodies of terror leadres Isnilon Hapilon and Omar Maute

KILLED.

Troops stare at enlarged photos of the dead bodies of terror leadres Isnilon Hapilon and Omar Maute

YOUNG BOYS. Thousands of soldiers are deployed to one of the biggest operation of the Philippine military.

YOUNG BOYS. Thousands of soldiers are deployed to one of the biggest operation of the Philippine military.

President Rodrigo Duterte is joined by ARMM Governor Mujiv Hataman and Lanao Del Sur crisis spokesman Zia Alonto inside the battle area.

President Rodrigo Duterte is joined by ARMM Governor Mujiv Hataman and Lanao Del Sur crisis spokesman Zia Alonto inside the battle area.

SELFIE. Thousands of soldiers are deployed to fight local armed groups in Marawi City.

SELFIE. Thousands of soldiers are deployed to fight local armed groups in Marawi City.

PISTOL. President Rodrigo Duterte shows a pistol he's going to give to the soldiers.

PISTOL. President Rodrigo Duterte shows a pistol he's going to give to the soldiers.

RUINS. The military vowed it will also lead the rehabilitation of the war-torn city.

RUINS. The military vowed it will also lead the rehabilitation of the war-torn city.

POLICE. Cops supported the operations of the military in the battle area and lost 6 men.

POLICE. Cops supported the operations of the military in the battle area and lost 6 men.

– Rappler.com