Philippines: Islamist militants in Marawi City continue to mobilize clan members, bring affiliate-gunmen into the battle

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A defense analyst said on Monday that the figthing in Marawi City could be a case of “pintakasi” as the crisis enter its second month. AP/Bullit Marquez, File
 (philstar.com) |

MANILA, Philippines — A defense analyst said on Monday that the battle between Philippine security forces and Islamist militants in Marawi City which has left hundreds dead and scores injured could be considered a case of “pintakasi.”

In an interview with news station ANC, Jose Antonio Custodio, a defense expert, said that the battle raging in Marawi City could be a case of “pintakasi” which, in this case, means collective effort in fighting an outsider.

If used in community work, “pintakasi” would be akin to “bayanihan.”

Custodio said a core group of Maute militants could have been reinforced by fighters from other armed groups in Mindanao, an island of…

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