Category Archives: Mindanao

Where the Marawi war began: The safe house in Basak Malutlut

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The safe house in Basak Malutlut is a silent witness to the first exchange of gunfire on May 23, 2017 that triggered the war in Marawi City

MARAWI CITY, Philippines (Oct. 17, 2017) — The bullet holes that riddled the freshly painted walls of the 4-storey house in the village of Basak Malutlut tell the story of an intense firefight that erupted not too far away from the military headquarters here. Continue reading Where the Marawi war began: The safe house in Basak Malutlut

1 dead, over 1,300 families displaced as floods hit Zamboanga City

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FLOODING. The intertropical convergence zone brings heavy rain and floods to Zamboanga City.

The lone fatality is a 70-year-old man who drowned while evacuating

ZAMBOANGA CITY (Oct. 16, 2017 ) — One person died and 4 others were injured as heavy rain caused by the intertropical convergence zone (ITCZ) triggered flooding in this city on Sunday, October 15. Continue reading 1 dead, over 1,300 families displaced as floods hit Zamboanga City

Bohol court scraps proposed Panglao reclamation project

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In this file photo, the sun rises over boats in Panglao island in Bohol on October 18, 2013. Jay Directo/AFP

The case stemmed from a 2009 plan which would involve a massive reclamation of seashores off Panglao Bay for a supposed leisure and resort park

BOHOL, Philippines (Sept. 25, 2017) — A regional trial court here has shelved a plan to reclaim 450 hectares of seashores off Panglao Island after it junked a case earlier filed against Bohol officials that would have compelled them to enforce a joint-venture agreement forged by the previous local administration and a private entity. Continue reading Bohol court scraps proposed Panglao reclamation project

Martial law will be lifted after clearing operations in Marawi – Duterte

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DUTERTE. President Rodrigo Duterte along with top military officials visits Camp Ranao, Headquarters of the 103rd Brigade on Marawi city on Thursday, Sept. 21,2017. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

‘It will lifted anytime after things are all ready. There’s a clean up,’ says Duterte on Thursday afternoon, September 21

LANAO DEL SUR, Philippines (Sept. 22, 2017) — On his 5th visit to Marawi, President Rodrigo Duterte said martial law in Mindanao will be lifted as soon as the military clearing operations in Marawi is done. Continue reading Martial law will be lifted after clearing operations in Marawi – Duterte

Evacuees in tent city to Duterte: End war in Marawi, allow us to go home

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Alahadj Ismael Panarigan – internally displaced Maranao. Rappler.com

This comes after President Rodrigo Duterte makes his second visit to government troops on the frontline of the fight against terrorists

ILIGAN CITY, Philippines (Aug. 5, 2017) — Speaking on behalf of his new neighbors in a recently opened tent city in a town near Marawi City, Alajadj Ismael Panarigan called on President Rodrigo Duterte to end the conflict in their city. Continue reading Evacuees in tent city to Duterte: End war in Marawi, allow us to go home

Palawan’s hazard-prone towns identified

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According to the Provincial Climate Change Action Plan 2017-2023, an estimated 244,997 people are highly susceptible to landslides, with Puerto Princesa City, Roxas, and Rizal having the highest population exposure

PUERTO PRINCESA, Philippines (Jul. 26, 2017) — With the rainy season in full swing, the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO) here has reminded communities residing in hazard-prone areas to always be prepared for disasters. Continue reading Palawan’s hazard-prone towns identified

Haul of dead sea turtles seized in Palawan town

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CRITICALLY ENDANGERED. Authorities identify the illegal haul as critically endangered Hawksbill sea turtles (Eretmochelys imbricata). Photo from Frederic Cayao’s Facebook page

Authorities say the cargo of critically-endangered Hawksbill turtles was bound for Balabac, an island town in the southernmost part of Palawan known as a backdoor for wildlife trafficking

PUERTO PRINCESA, Philippines (Jul. 7, 2017) — Authorities intercepted a boat carrying 70 dead critically-endangered marine turtles off the coast of Dumaran town in northern Palawan on Thursday, July 7. Continue reading Haul of dead sea turtles seized in Palawan town

Tent cities, mass graves readied as gov’t troops clear Marawi

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DEPLOYMENT. Marines are deployed to the frontline from their command post on June 21, 2017, in Marawi City. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Brigadier General Ramiro Manuel Rey, commander of Task Force Ranao, says they are now coordinating with the local government unit leaders for the recovery and rehabilitation plans of Marawi

MARAWI CITY, Philippines (Jun. 21, 2017) — The provincial government of Lanao del Sur is finalizing plans for tent cities for the possible return of the internally displaced residents of Marawi city once the armed conflict with local terror group Maute is over. Continue reading Tent cities, mass graves readied as gov’t troops clear Marawi

Marawi battle zone: Urban warfare challenges PH military

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It’s a lot like the siege of Zamboanga City in September 2013 – but much worse

MARAWI CITY, Philippines (Jun. 19, 2017) — Block by block. House by house. Floor by floor.

The battle-tested Philippine Marines maneuvered their way past Mapandi bridge in Barangay Lilod Madaya on June 9, 2017 – clearing one house and building after another until the ground suddenly shook. Molotov cocktails flew in their direction, setting troop positions on fire. Continue reading Marawi battle zone: Urban warfare challenges PH military

Operations in Marawi ‘all Filipino’ – Westmincom chief

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THE MARINES. This photo taken on June 9 shows marines from the 7th Marine Company operating against extremist Maute Group. Photo by Bobby lagsa/Rappler

Lieutenant General Carlito Galvez says, the Americans are limited to giving ‘technical assistance,’ and none of their soldiers are fighting on the ground

CAGAYAN DE ORO, Philippines (Jun. 12, 2017) — The United States Navy surveillance aircraft P3 Orion is a constant in almost all of the Philippine military’s most dangerous operations. Continue reading Operations in Marawi ‘all Filipino’ – Westmincom chief