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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

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

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

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

ISIS ‘sanctioned, if not directed’ Resorts World attack – expert

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The Philippines now serves as an inspiration for global jihadists, say terrorism experts, who asked the government to investigate an ISIS claim the Resorts World gunman converted to Islam

MANILA, Philippines (Jul. 3, 2017) — One month after the Resorts World attack in Manila, terrorism experts tell Rappler they believe the Philippines prematurely dismissed claims by the Islamic State, also known as ISIS, IS, ISIL or Daesch, and asked for an investigation into its claim the Resorts World gunman was a recent convert to Islam. Continue reading ISIS ‘sanctioned, if not directed’ Resorts World attack – expert

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

FAST FACTS: Marawi City

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As the clashes ensue, will we still be able to witness the beauty of the Islamic City of Marawi?

MANILA, Philippines (May 29, 2017) — Marawi City is ground zero of the Maute Group’s attack which started Tuesday, May 22. Continue reading FAST FACTS: Marawi City

Marawi crisis over in a week or less, says Lorenzana

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ADMINISTRATOR. Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana is the implementor of Martial Law

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana says Isnilon Hapilon is still inside Marawi City. ‘Hopefully, we will be able to get him,’ he adds

ILIGAN CITY, Philippines (May 27, 2017) — Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said the Marawi crisis will be over a week at most or next Friday, June 2.  Continue reading Marawi crisis over in a week or less, says Lorenzana

Duterte says his martial law to be similar to Marcos time

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NEEDED HOME. President Duterte flies back to the Philippines after declaring martial law for the whole of Mindanao. Presidential photo

‘It will not be any different from what the President, Marcos did. I’d be harsh,’ says the Philippine President before flying to Manila

MOSCOW, Russia (May 25, 2017) — The martial law in Mindanao which President Rodrigo Duterte just declared will be no different from martial law during the time of Ferdinand Marcos, the President himself said before flying back to the Philippines. Continue reading Duterte says his martial law to be similar to Marcos time

Isnilon Hapilon is target of military operation in Marawi

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Screenshot of a video showing Isnilon Hapilon pledging allegiance to the Islamic State

The Abu Sayyaf senior leader – believed to have been heavily wounded in Butig, Lanao del Sur, in January – resurfaces in Marawi City on Tuesday, May 23

MANILA, Philippines (May 24, 2017) — Abu Sayyaf senior leader Isnilon Hapilon was the target of the military operation in Marawi City on Tuesday, May 23. Continue reading Isnilon Hapilon is target of military operation in Marawi