120 civilians rescued in Marawi City — AFP

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 25) — Civilians who were held captive by the Maute group in Marawi City were already rescued, according to the Western Mindanao Command (WESMINCOM).

The military said it rescued 78 civilians held hostage by the Maute group in Amai Pakpak Hospital, which includes patients, hospital staff, and construction workers.

In a press conference in Russia late Tuesday night, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said the Maute group also occupied the Marawi City Hall and city jail, as well as part of Mindanao State University compound.

Meanwhile, 42 teachers were also rescued in Dansalan College, where one of the school buildings was reportedly burned.

The military cleared the hospital and the Dansalan College of Maute presence Wednesday afternoon.

Six government forces — 5 soldiers and 1 police — were killed as of Wednesday evening, as well as 13 Maute members, according to the military.

WESMINCOM Commander Lt. Gen. Carlito Galvez, Jr. said they have received reports that some politicians are supporting the terror group in some way.

"These threat is something that needs to be eliminated and completely destroyed because if left to thrive, it will soon poison our communities and take our freedom and our precious lives away from us,” Galvez said.

President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday declared a state of martial law and suspended the privilege of writ of habeas corpus in Mindanao, following the clash between the local terrorist group and government forces.

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