TEMPO.CO, Bogor - Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi said that Indonesian representatives in the Philippines have yet to enter Marawi city to find Indonesian citizens. “Because [military] operations are ongoing,” she said yesterday, May 29, at the Bogor Palace. Meanwhile, the ministry continues to communicate with the Philippine authorities.
According to Retno, the Foreign Ministry has received requests for help from Indonesians in conflict-ridden Marawi, South Philippines. She said that 16 Indonesians are divided into two groups in two locations. A group comprising 10 people is hiding in a mosque. “Local authorities know their whereabouts,” she said.
The Philippine government has declared martial law on the island of Mindanao following gunshots on Saturday between government troops and an armed group affiliated with ISIS in Marawi City. The martial law will last 60 days, covering the Mindanao and its surrounding islands.
Minister Retno could not confirm if there any Indonesian casualty in the Marawi conflict. The Philippines has not provided any report over the casualties as well.
Moreover, the Foreign Minister did not explain the evacuation process of Indonesians from Marawi as the conflict continues. “How? Typically, it does not depend on one scenario,” Retno said.