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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

Indigenous peoples march to ask Duterte to lift martial law in Mindanao

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NATIONAL MINORITIES. At least 2,000 delegates from the national minorities join the September 21 protests to mark the 45th anniversary of the Martial Law. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

Some 2,000 members of minority groups join the Mendiola rally on September 21, telling stories of how government troops have attacked their schools and communities

MANILA, Philippines (Sept. 22, 2017) — Opening the program at the protest rally on Mendiola Thursday, September 21, a number of Lumad from Mindanao performed an interpretative dance, where President Rodrigo Duterte, wearing an American flag, is depicted as the enemy. Continue reading Indigenous peoples march to ask Duterte to lift martial law in Mindanao

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

Thousands join national protest to remind Filipinos of Marcos’ Martial Law

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Graphic by Emil Mercado. Rappler.com

Students and youth groups begin demonstrations for the 45th anniversary of Martial Law with a rally at UP Diliman, to oppose what they fear would be nationwide military rule under the Duterte administration

MANILA, Philippines (Sept. 21, 2017) — Thousands of people gathered in different parts of the country on Thursday, September 21, to remember and remind Filipinos of the dark chapter in Philippine history following the declaration of martial law 45 years ago. Continue reading Thousands join national protest to remind Filipinos of Marcos’ Martial Law

Netizens ask: Why hold quake drill on martial law anniversary

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Political rallies are also expected to be massive, prompting President Rodrigo Duterte to suspend government work and classes in Metro Manila

MANILA, Philippines (Sept. 19, 2017) — Why schedule the earthquake drill during the anniversary of the declaration of Martial Law in the Philippines? Continue reading Netizens ask: Why hold quake drill on martial law anniversary

Government sets 3rd nationwide earthquake drill on Sept 21

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DRILL. In this file photo, police and civilian employees evacuate from the Quezon City Police District (QCPD) headquarters as they participate in the nationwide simultaneous earthquake drill in Quezon City on March 31, 2017. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

On the same day, various activist groups are also expected to take the streets of Metro Manila to commemorate the declaration of martial law 45 years ago

MANILA, Philippines (Sept. 18, 2017) — There will be mass movement of people in the streets on September 21 but not all of them will have a political agenda. Continue reading Government sets 3rd nationwide earthquake drill on Sept 21

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

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