An Australian journalist covering the siege in Marawi City was shot in the neck on Thursday and was taken to Iligan City for treatment.
Adam Harvey, reporter for the Australian Broadcasting Company, was the first member of the media to be hit by a terrorist sniper.
He later posted an image of an x-ray showing the bullet lodged in his neck on Twitter.
“Thanks everyone — I’m okay. Bullet is still in my neck, but it missed everything important,” he said in another Twitter post.
Harvey was inside the provincial capitol compound where local and foreign journalists have congregated during the more than three weeks of fighting, the government’s crisis management committee spokesman, Zia Alonto Adiong, said.
Although the compound is secured by the military, it is only about two kilometers from the pockets of the city that the gunmen control.
“I want to appeal to everyone you should be very careful because in our assessment the vicinity of the 103rd (military camp), the vicinity of the capitol is within the line of sight of the enemy,” local military spokesman Lt. Col. Jo-ar Herrera told reporters.
The incident prompted Malacañang to caution journalists covering the clashes in Marawi City.
“There’s no story more valuable than one’s life,” Palace spokesman Ernesto Abella said.
Abella asked reporters to be “objective” but not to risk their lives.
He said reporters should prioritize their security and safety.
“While I understand that you would not shirk your duty in the pursuit of any story, bear in mind that there’s no story more valuable than one’s life. Take the necessary precautions and stay safe while covering conflicts,” he added.
Brig. Gen. Restituto Padilla Jr., spokesman for the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), also called on reporters covering the siege to stay in safe zones.
He warned however that some areas declared as safe zones are within the line of sight of snipers.