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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

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

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

MILF, Maute Group battle for legitimacy

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THE MAUTES. From left to right: Cayamora, Farhana, Omar, Abdullah Maute.

The mountainous town of Butig is host to an MILF camp where its founding leader Hashim Salamat is buried. It’s also where the ISIS-linked Maute Group trained its fighters before they targeted Marawi

MANILA, Philippines (Jul. 3, 2017) — It took 17 years of negotiations before the government and Muslim rebel group Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) signed in 2014 a peace agreement that envisioned to address the roots of rebellion in Mindanao. Continue reading MILF, Maute Group battle for legitimacy

31 BIFF hostages rescued in North Cotabato – military

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Military spokesperson Brigadier General Restituto Padilla says all the hostages, including 12 children, are safe

MANILA, Philippines (Jun. 22, 2017) — The military said it rescued early evening on Wednesday, June 21, up to 31 residents of Pigcawayan, North Cotabato who were taken hostage by the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) that morning day.  Continue reading 31 BIFF hostages rescued in North Cotabato – military

ISIS-inspired militants on offensive in southern Philippines

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ISIS SUPPORTERS. ISIS-inspired Philippine militants show their support for the group.
The influence of ISIS in the Philippines is ‘growing stronger and expanding,’ say analysts

MANILA, Philippines (Mar. 3, 2016) — Militants fighting in the name of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS, IS, ISIL, or Da’esch) group are escalating attacks in the southern Philippines, analysts said, deepening fears for the volatile region after its main Muslim rebel group failed to seal a peace pact.

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3 dead in Maguindanao bomb blast as troops, BIFF clash

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Authorities say Muslim rebels booby-trapped a highway to target military convoys, but it detonated when a van with 6 civilians drove through it late Tuesday

MANILA, Philippines (Feb. 17, 2016) — Three civilians were killed in a roadside bomb explosion in Maguindanao where the army and Muslim rebels have engaged in sporadic fighting for days, police said Wednesday, February 17.

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3 soldiers wounded, 3 Muslim rebels dead in Maguindanao fighting

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The fierce gun battle occurred simultaneously in the villages of Butilen, Andabit, and Tee, the military says

COTABATO CITY, Philippines (Feb. 7, 2016) — Three government security forces were wounded as they clashed Saturday, February 6, with an undetermined number of fighters of a breakaway group of Continue reading 3 soldiers wounded, 3 Muslim rebels dead in Maguindanao fighting

Civilians take up arms vs ISIS and BIFF in Mindanao

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RED GOD’S SOLDIERS. Members of armed Christian group Red God’s Solders set on fire a flag of ISIS during a gathering Tuesday, January 19, 2016 somewhere in Central Mindanao mountains. Photo by Jef Maitem.
In a gathering somewhere in the mountains of Central Mindanao, Brother Asiong, spokesman for Red God’s Soldiers, leads over 300 men in burning the ISIS flag

CENTRAL MINDANAO, Philippines (Jan. 19, 2016) — Members of an armed Christian group here burned a flag of the Islamic State (ISIS) on Tuesday, January 19, to show their opposition to attacks by ISIS-inspired organizations against civilians and the reported plan of the terror group to set up its own province in the region.

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Philippines concerned over ’emerging’ terror threat

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BOMB EXPLOSION. A general view shows a police cordon sealing off the scene of a bomb blast in Jakarta, Indonesia, January 14, 2016. Photo by Roni Bintang/EPA
‘Our security forces are well aware of the emerging threat and have been conducting operations to prevent terror acts anywhere in the country,’ says a joint Philippine military and police statement after the Jakarta attacks

MANILA, Philippines (Jan. 14, 2016) — Philippine security forces expressed concern over an “emerging threat” of terrorism, after suicide attackers struck the Indonesian capital on Thursday, January 14.

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