“We killed the men who brought war to our homes. I don’t feel bad. During the battle I killed several militants. One time, we were crossing a street, and one of our boys was hit by a rifle. He fell and we all ran for cover.
Our leader ordered us all to fire at the building the shots came from. At once we all aimed and fired. Slowly we advanced to the building and I saw a man pop his head out of the window. For a moment it appeared that his hands were in the air.
I did not care. I fired and he fell. Two more militants were inside and we killed them also and dragged their bodies into the streets along with their weapons. Three bodies. Three guns. Three killed enemies. Three less in our city.
The wounded man was treated and soon returned to battle. I am proud of our military for what we did in Marawi. We fought hard and won against a stubborn enemy. But we fought harder and killed many more of them than they killed of us.”
– Anonymous Solider. 1st Infantry Division. Philippine Army. Battle of Marawi, 2017
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