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US Marine Corps commandant honor fallen PHL Marines in Marawi

GMA News Online logo GMA News Online 8/12/2017 Jimenez, Raffy
The Commandant of the Philippine Marine Corps Maj. Gen. Emmanuel Salamat and the Commandant of the US Marine Corps Gen. Robert Neller give honor to fallen Philippine Marines during a wreath-laying ceremony at the Philippine Heroes Memorial in Fort Bonifacio on Thursday, August 10, 2017. US Embassy © US Embassy The Commandant of the Philippine Marine Corps Maj. Gen. Emmanuel Salamat and the Commandant of the US Marine Corps Gen. Robert Neller give honor to fallen Philippine Marines during a wreath-laying ceremony at the Philippine Heroes Memorial in Fort Bonifacio on Thursday, August 10, 2017. US Embassy

United States Marine Corps commandant General Robert Neller has honored members of the Philippine Marines who have died fighting the ISIS-inspired Maute group in Marawi City.

Neller, together with Philippine Marine Corps commandant Major General Emmanuel Salamat, offered wreath Thursday at the PMC Heroes Memorial in Fort Bonifacio to render honor to the fallen Filipino Marines.

"These Marines were our friends, our partners and our allies, so on behalf of the entire US Marine Corps, I wanted to honor their sacrifice," he said.

As of August 10, 7 p.m., a total of 128 government troops and 552 Maute members have been killed in Marawi. A total of 45 civilians have also perished in the protracted conflict.

Neller visited the Philippines to discuss matters of partnership and future engagements with his Philippine counterpart as well as US Embassy officials.

Aside from Salamat, Neller also met with Armed Forces chief General Eduardo Año, US Ambassador Sung Y. Kim, and US Marines on assignment at the Embassy in Manila.

The meetings focused on upcoming bilateral engagements in the country, regional security, and the future of diplomacy and interoperability between the two countries. — Amita Legaspi/RSJ, GMA News

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