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Persecuted Christians remembered on ‘Red Wednesday’

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RED WEDNESDAY. Vatican Ambassador to the Philippines Gabriele Giordano Caccia leads the prayers outside the Manila Cathedral for Red Wednesday on November 22, 2017, a day to support persecuted Christians worldwide. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

‘We never thought that this persecution of Christians that started in the Middle East…would come to the Philippines,’ Marawi Bishop Edwin dela Peña says

MANILA, Philippines (Nov. 22, 2017) — The mother church of the Philippines, the Manila Cathedral, was bathed in red lights on Wednesday evening, November 22, as Filipinos marked a day to support persecuted Christians around the world. Continue reading Persecuted Christians remembered on ‘Red Wednesday’

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

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

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

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

Discrimination a hurdle for job-seeking Mindanao youth

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MARAWI CRISIS. Internally displaced lined up for the distribution of food packs at the Saguiran Municipal hall, Lanao del Sur. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

A conflict monitoring group launches a set of guidelines that seeks to end discrimination on the basis of ethnic and religious belief

MANILA, Philippines (Aug. 30, 2017) — Usman Mohammad, 23, just graduated from Mindanao State University (MSU) in Marawi City this year. His aim of starting his professional life was interrupted by war as the government neutralizes terrorist groups linked to the extremist Islamic State. Continue reading Discrimination a hurdle for job-seeking Mindanao youth

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

Mindanaoan youth: ‘We want just and lasting peace’

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PEACE SYMBOL. Young Mindanaoans form a human peace symbol, sending a message that despite the conflict they experience in their region, they continue to stand for peace in their homeland. All photos from the National Youth Commission

The youth leaders from Mindanao want to be part of the process in making just and lasting peace in Mindanao a reality

MANILA, Philippines (Aug. 13, 2017) — “We, the Mindanaoan youth, are committed to the protection from and prevention of conflict and violence.” Continue reading Mindanaoan youth: ‘We want just and lasting peace’

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