The armed forces of the Philippines stayed on Thursday the mountains of Sulu beech in search of the Abu Sayyaf Group, whose members, they think, are connected with the bombing of the cathedral of Jolo.
The AFP used air raids to hide the enemy who hid in the mountains and the dense foliage of the jungle.
The Philippine Air Force has joined the fight against Abu Sayyaf and helps ground troops as they reach their targets.
On Thursday morning, ground troops once again met the Ajang-ajang group in Patikul and took part in a short gunfight.
The meeting took place in the village of Latih, a few kilometers from a temporary shelter for refugees.
It was also this village where government troops invaded the location of alias Kamah, the Ajang-ajang leader who according to them is involved in the bomb attack on the cathedral.
The constant presence of threats has led the community to flee their homes.
Life in the camp is far from ideal, but if the alternative is to get caught in the crossfire, these families will always choose to flee.
SEARCH FOR CLUES
While the fight continues, the Counter-Terrorism Division of the National Bureau of Investigation in ground zero searched the cathedral every inch.
Experts look for significant signals about the style of the bombing, which hopefully will lead to the identity of the bomb carrier.
Except that there is a bit of a complication, because so many people have stepped through the church and have infected the scene since the explosion occurred.
All objects in the church, including the banks, have also been removed.
The day after the bombing, several government officials visited the site. Even President Rodrigo Duterte walked through the grounds and the media sent them all.
The pews are now placed on the side of the cathedral. On the wood there are traces of the explosion that could be indications, but they can no longer paint an accurate picture because they are no longer where they used to be.
Malacañang emphasizes that the country remains a safe place despite the wave of bombing in Mindanao.
The palace also assured the public that there would be no overflow of violence to other parts of the country.