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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

Over a dozen Marawi hostages rescued

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RESCUED. This file photo shows Dansalan College teacher Lordvin Acopio when he and other former hostages of the Maute Group were presented to the media. Rappler photo

The hostages are believed to have been separated after the terrorists were forced to abandon Bato Mosque when they were overwhelmed by troops

MANILA, Philippines (Oct. 5, 2017) — The Philippine military rescued over a dozen hostages in Marawi City on Wednesday, October 4, as troops pushed to corner local terror groups toward Lake Lanao. Continue reading Over a dozen Marawi hostages rescued

Duterte: Military can bomb Marawi mosques with terrorists, hostages

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MARAWI CRISIS. President Rodrigo Duterte tells soldiers in Marawi City that he won’t stop them from bombing hideouts of terrorists, even mosques. Malacañang file photo

After earlier asking the military to ‘wait it out,’ President Rodrigo Duterte now says they have the option to bomb the remaining hideouts of terrorists, even if these also hold hostages

MANILA, Philippines (Aug. 30, 2017) — On the 100th day of the Marawi siege, President Rodrigo Duterte said he won’t stop the Philippine military from bombing the remaining strongholds of terrorists in the city, including mosques where hostages are also likely being kept. Continue reading Duterte: Military can bomb Marawi mosques with terrorists, hostages

Duterte returns to Marawi as clashes enter 4th month

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3RD VISIT. President Rodrigo Duterte is back in conflict-torn Marawi City on August 24, 2017. Malacañang photo

President Rodrigo Duterte makes his 3rd visit to Marawi City after troops regained a key terrorist stronghold – one of the mosques inside the battle zone

MANILA, Philippines (Aug. 25, 2017) — President Rodrigo Duterte again visited troops inside the battle zone in Marawi City on Thursday, August 24, as government clashes with local terrorists linked to the Islamic State (ISIS) entered their 4th month. Continue reading Duterte returns to Marawi as clashes enter 4th month

Duterte: AFP needs 20,000 more troops due to greater threats

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STRENGTHENING AFP. President Rodrigo Duterte talks to soldiers deployed in Marawi City on August 4. Photo by Alber Alcain/Presidential Photo

Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella says the President wants more troops deployed in Marawi and other areas in Mindanao

MANILA, Philippines (Aug. 6, 2017) — President Rodrigo Duterte has asked lawmakers to approve the recruiting of 20,000 more soldiers to tackle increased security threats following a bloody urban siege in the south, his spokesman said on Sunday, August 6. Continue reading Duterte: AFP needs 20,000 more troops due to greater threats

Death toll among local terrorists in Marawi passes 500 – military

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MARAWI SIEGE. Marawi City is attacked by Islamic State-inspired terrorists belonging to the Maute Group on May 23, 2017. Photo from @RickoDima

The war continues to rage in the city’s commercial district Banggolo and adjacent barangays Raya Madaya and Marinaut

MANILA, Philippines (Aug. 1, 2017) — The death toll among terrorists fighting in Marawi City breached 500 on Monday, July 31, after the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) reported killing 11 in separate operations during the day. Continue reading Death toll among local terrorists in Marawi passes 500 – military

Opposition lawmakers hit Duterte’s ‘whimsical’ martial law request

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REQUEST TO CONGRESS. President Rodrigo Duterte, shown here delivering a speech on July 4, 2017, wants Congress to extend martial law in Mindanao until December 31, 2017. Malacañang file photo

But Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez says Congress will probably grant the President’s request to extend martial law, citing a survey that says majority of Filipinos support the original proclamation

MANILA, Philippines (Jul. 18, 2017) — Opposition lawmakers questioned why President Rodrigo Duterte is asking Congress to extend martial law in Mindanao until the end of December. Continue reading Opposition lawmakers hit Duterte’s ‘whimsical’ martial law request

AFP chief: 5-month martial law extension ‘enough’

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TALKING MARTIAL LAW. AFP chief General Eduardo Año sits beside President Rodrigo Duterte during one of his camp visits in June 2017. Malacañang file photo

General Eduardo Año supports President Rodrigo Duterte’s recommendation for a 5-month extension of martial law

MANILA, Philippines (Jul. 18, 2017) — Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) chief General Eduardo Año expressed support for President Rodrigo Duterte’s request to Congress for the martial law extension to last until December 31. Continue reading AFP chief: 5-month martial law extension ‘enough’

Duterte wants martial law extended till December

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EXTENSION. President Rodrigo Duterte wants a 5-month extension for martial law in Mindanao. Malacañang file photo

The President wants martial law over the entire Mindanao extended for 5 more months

MANILA, Philippines (Jul. 18, 2017) — President Rodrigo Duterte is asking for 5 more months of martial law from Congress. Continue reading Duterte wants martial law extended till December

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