On the 23rd of May 2017, our government forces moved in to raid the safehouse of Isnilon Hapilon, the so-called Emir of ISIS in Southeast Asia.
Involved in this operation were members of the Joint Special Operations Unit 3 (JSOU3) supported by the 4th Scout Ranger Company (4SRC), the 14th Division Reconnaissance Company (14DRC), and the 51st Mechanized Infantry Company (51MIC).
Early in the morning, we became aware that Isnilon Hapilon together with Omarkhayam and Abdullah Maute were located in a safehouse in Bgy Basak Malutlot, Marawi City. Upon receiving this information, we decided to move in to capture Hapilon.
Thus, BGen Rolly Bautista gave the green light for our forces to move in and capture Hapilon. Our first plan was to raid the safehouse at about 8 o’clock in the morning, but our operating units requested a delay in its execution to make way for a clearer picture of the target area.
It was about 2 o’clock in the afternoon when our operating forces jumped off from Camp Ranao, Marawi City and proceeded to Bgy Basak Malutlot. The firefight that erupted at about past 2 o’clock in the afternoon lasted until the next day. In the course of this operation, several of our soldiers were wounded and three were killed in action (KIA). Our target, Hapilon and the Maute brothers escaped through a hole in the wall of the safehouse.
More details are explained in the book MARAWI AND BEYOND: The JTF Marawi Story. For inquiries, send email to [email protected].