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War vs pro-ISIS PH groups rages on a year after Marawi siege

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URBAN WARFARE. The Philippine military exposes the shortcomings of the Philippine military in urban fighting. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Marawi was a ‘setback’ for the Maute Group and Isnilon Hapilon’s faction in the Abu Sayyaf Group, but it was a ‘propaganda victory’ for ISIS, says Southeast Asia security expert Zachary Abuza

LANAO DEL SUR, Philippines (May 23, 2018) — Recent developments in the jungles of Sulu are game changers that underscore the country’s continuing battle against armed groups linked to the Islamic State (ISIS) a year since they laid siege to Marawi City. Continue reading War vs pro-ISIS PH groups rages on a year after Marawi siege

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

Lifting Mindanao martial law: What Duterte, Lorenzana have said so far

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TO LIFT OR NOT TO LIFT? Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana says they will make an assessment first before sending recommendations to President Rodrigo Duterte. Photos from Malacañang

After two of the top leaders of local terrorists are killed in Marawi City, is the lifting of martial law in Mindanao coming anytime soon?

MANILA, Philippines (Oct. 16, 2017) — After Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana confirmed on Monday, October 16, that Abu Sayyaf subleader Isnilon Hapilon and Maute Group leader Omar Maute were killed by government troops past midnight, the next question from the public was inevitably, would martial law in Mindanao be lifted now?  Continue reading Lifting Mindanao martial law: What Duterte, Lorenzana have said so far

Lawmakers to OK martial law extension if Duterte asks – House leaders

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DUTERTE ALLIES. Representatives Dakila Cua, Gwen Garcia, and Fredenil Castro hold a press conference on July 17, 2017. Photo from the House of Representatives

Deputy Speakers Fredenil Castro and Gwen Garcia make the statement ahead of the meeting of administration-allied legislators with the President on Monday evening, July 17

MANILA, Philippines (Jul. 17, 2017) — Two House deputy speakers said lawmakers will likely grant President Rodrigo Duterte an extension of the martial law declaration in Mindanao if he asks it from Congress. Continue reading Lawmakers to OK martial law extension if Duterte asks – House leaders

Troops retrieve remains of civilians allegedly executed in Marawi

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EXECUTED. The military retrieves skeletal remains of civilians believed to have been executed by homegrown terrorists in Marawi City. Photo from the Armed Forces of the Philippines

The discovery of the remains puts the total number of slain civilians at 45 as of Thursday, July 13

MANILA, Philippines (Jul. 13, 2017) — The military on Thursday, July 13, retrieved the skeletal remains of civilians believed to have been executed by homegrown terrorist groups in the early weeks of the clashes in Marawi City. Continue reading Troops retrieve remains of civilians allegedly executed in Marawi

Forced to flee: How many have been displaced due to conflict

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FLEEING THE FIGHTING. A mother and her baby rest at an evacuation center at the Buru-on Barangay Hall in Iligan on the southern island of Mindanao on June 15, 2017. Photo by Noel Celis/AFP

Over 4 million Filipinos have been displaced in Mindanao alone since 2000, according to the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre

MANILA, Philippines (Jul. 11, 2017) — Apart from natural disasters and hazards, frequent conflicts in the Philippines, particularly in Mindanao, force residents to seek refuge in evacuation centers. Continue reading Forced to flee: How many have been displaced due to conflict

Isnilon Hapilon still inside Marawi – Lorenzana

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‘EMIR.’ Screenshot of a video showing Isnilon Hapilon pledging allegiance to the Islamic State.

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana says the terrorist leader may still be hiding in a mosque in Marawi City

MANILA, Philippines (Jul. 3, 2017) — Isnilon Hapilon, the Abu Sayyaf leader and supposed prince of the Islamic State (ISIS) caliphate in Southeast Asia, is still inside Marawi City, according to Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana. Continue reading Isnilon Hapilon still inside Marawi – Lorenzana

Lorenzana ‘confident’ SC will uphold martial law

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DECIDING ON MARTIAL LAW. Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana sits beside President Rodrigo Duterte during an AFP-PNP command conference. Malacañang file photo

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana says security officials will ‘soon’ give their recommendation to President Rodrigo Duterte on whether or not to extend martial law

MANILA, Philippines (Jul. 3, 2017) — Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana is confident the Supreme Court (SC) will decide that President Rodrigo Duterte’s martial law declaration is valid. Continue reading Lorenzana ‘confident’ SC will uphold martial law

House raises P13 million for Marawi victims

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DISPLACED. Marawi City evacuees seek refuge at the Lanao del Sur Provincial Capitol compound. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez will be creating a committee to facilitate the trust fund for Marawi City

MANILA, Philippines (Jun. 19, 2017) — Several lawmakers pooled their money to raise P13 million to help in rehabilitation efforts for victims of the Marawi City siege. Continue reading House raises P13 million for Marawi victims

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