WADING INTO THE FRONT LINES. This photo taken on August 22, 2017 shows a government police officer along with members of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF-back) wading through a flooded farm on their way to the frontline in Datu Salibo town, Maguindanao province, in Mindanao. Photo by Ferdinandh Cabrera/ AFP Fighting in Mindanao and extreme weather events combine to make a ‘huge humanitarian crisis’ in the Philippines, says Thibault Henry of the charity Acted
PARIS, France (Aug. 24, 2017) — Fighting in the troubled southern Philippine region of Mindanao has combined with extreme weather events to create a “humanitarian catastrophe”, French aid groups said Wednesday.
Continue reading ‘Humanitarian catastrophe’ in Philippines – aid groups 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’ JOINT SESSION. At least 12 of the 23 senators favor holding a joint congressional session to deliberate on President Rodrigo Duterte’s declaration of martial law in Mindanao. At least 12 of the 23 senators favor a joint congressional session to deliberate on President Rodrigo Duterte’s declaration of martial law in Mindanao
MANILA, Philippines (May 30, 2017) — At least 12 of the country’s 23 senators want a joint congressional session to deliberate on President Rodrigo Duterte’s declaration of martial law in Mindanao.
Continue reading 12 senators favor joint session on Mindanao martial law CHECKING DOCUMENTS. A security officer checks the documents of a motorist passing through a checkpoint in Iligan City. Rappler photo General Eduardo Año says a key aspect of martial law is allowing the military to use private utilities, but that the Armed Forces will exercise discretion in doing so
LANAO DEL NORTE, Philippines (May 28, 2017) — Warrantless arrests have been made in checkpoints in Mindanao, confirmed martial law implementor General Eduardo Año.
Continue reading Warrantless arrests begin at Mindanao checkpoints ‘PURSUE PEACE.’ Cotabato Archbishop Orlando Quevedo stresses the need for peace in a statement on martial law issued on behalf of the Catholic bishops of Mindanao. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler ‘We shall condemn any abuse of martial law and as in the past will condemn it outright if it goes in the way of evil,’ the Catholic bishops of Mindanao say
MANILA, Philippines (May 28, 2017) — The Catholic bishops of Mindanao said on Friday, May 26, that martial law in Mindanao “must be temporary” as they vowed to condemn any abuse of military rule.
Continue reading Mindanao bishops declare ‘martial law must be temporary’ PRESIDENT’S MEN. President Rodrigo Duterte holds a special Cabinet meeting in Davao City on May 25, 2017. Malacañang photo Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana is administrator of martial law, reporting directly to the President. He will have ‘several advisers for the areas of Mindanao.’
DAVAO CITY, Philippines (May 28, 2017) — On the 4th day of martial law over the entire Mindanao island region, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) announced the key people in charge of implementing it.
Continue reading Who’s who in Duterte’s martial law MILITARY ACTION. An armored personnel carrier and military truck move with civilians’ vehicles as residents flee Marawi City on May 25, 2017. Photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP The military insists today’s martial law has a different context
DAVAO CITY, Philippines (May 28, 2017) — Days after President Rodrigo Duterte declared martial law in Mindanao, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) sought to downplay fears of state abuse.
Continue reading Martial law fears? ‘They’re living in the past,’ says AFP MARTIAL LAW. President Rodrigo Duterte, speaking to troops at the 2nd Mechanized Infantry Brigade (MIB) headquarters in Iligan City, Lanao del Norte on May 26, 2017, says he will take full responsibility for the consequences of martial law in Mindanao. Malacañang photo President Rodrigo Duterte also says he has ordered Presidential Adviser on OFWs Abdullah Mamao to see if some of the terrorists are willing to ‘talk peace’ with him
MANILA, Philippines (May 28, 2017) — President Rodrigo Duterte on Friday, May 26, rallied government troops to win the war against terrorists in Mindanao, and assured them that he “alone” would be responsible for the “consequences” of his martial law declaration in the region.
Continue reading Duterte: ‘I alone’ responsible for martial law aftermath MILITARY OPERATIONS. Army scout rangers conduct clearing operations to flush out members of the Maute Group occupying Marawi City. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler But the military insists this ‘does not confirm the clear presence of ISIS’ in the Philippines
DAVAO CITY, Philippines (May 26, 2017) — The Philippine government on Friday, May 26, said foreigners were among the Maute Group and Abu Sayyaf Group members fighting government troops in Marawi City.
Continue reading 6 foreigners among terrorists killed in Marawi – AFP ESCAPE. Marawi residents who fled the clashes between government forces and the Maute Group arrives in Iligan on May 24, 2017. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler Muslims who have decided to stay put in Marawi City will observe Ramadan amid gunfire and explosions
MANILA, Philippines (May 26, 2017) — How will Muslims, especially those in and around crisis-hit Marawi City, observe the holy month of Ramadan?
Continue reading Ahead of Ramadan, Marawi residents pray for lasting peace