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Duterte creates task force in charge of Marawi rehab

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‘RISE, MARAWI.’ President Rodrigo Duterte is welcomed by military officials as he visits families displaced by the Marawi crisis. Malacañang file photo

The 23-member Task Force Bangon Marawi is headed by Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana

MANILA, Philippines (Jul. 3, 2017) — President Rodrigo Duterte created an inter-agency task force to take charge of the recovery and rehabilitation of Marawi City, ground zero of clashes between terrorists and government forces. Continue reading Duterte creates task force in charge of Marawi rehab

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

Duterte eyes Marawi visit on 1st anniversary as President

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GOING TO MARAWI? President Rodrigo Duterte says on June 28, 2017, that he plans to go to crisis-hit Marawi City. Malacañang photo

‘I cannot just sit on my ass in my office while people suffer there,’ says President Rodrigo Duterte

MANILA, Philippines (Jun. 30, 2017) — President Rodrigo Duterte said he plans to visit Marawi City on Friday, June 30, incidentally his first anniversary as Chief Executive, saying he “cannot just sit on my ass” while people of Marawi suffer. Continue reading Duterte eyes Marawi visit on 1st anniversary as President

Duterte: Don’t hesitate to kill just because civilians are there

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PSG ANNIVERSARY. President Rodrigo Duterte delivers a speech at the 120th anniversary of the Presidential Security Group (PSG) on June 28, 2017. Malacañang photo

‘It is the duty of the civilians to flee or seek cover,’ President Rodrigo Duterte says as the crisis in Marawi City rages

MANILA, Philippines (Jun. 30, 2017) — President Rodrigo Duterte told the military on Wednesday, June 28, that civilian presence should not deter them from killing outlaws, as he vowed to protect soldiers who follow orders. Continue reading Duterte: Don’t hesitate to kill just because civilians are there

Duterte: MILF not inclined to intervene in Marawi

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MILF’S ROLE. President Rodrigo Duterte greets Moro Islamic Liberation Front chairman Al Haj Murad Ebrahim during the Eid’l Fitr celebration at the Palace. Malacañang file photo

With MILF intervention unlikely, President Rodrigo Duterte says the only way the Marawi crisis will end is if ‘the last terrorist is taken out’

PAMPANGA, Philippines (Jun. 29, 2017) — President Rodrigo Duterte said that based on his talks with Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) leaders, the group is not willing to talk to terrorists in Marawi City in order to end the siege there. Continue reading Duterte: MILF not inclined to intervene in Marawi

Dela Rosa admits ‘law enforcement failure’ in Marawi

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SECURITY FAILURE? PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa admits law enforcement in Marawi City could have been better, as government troops try to flush out local terrorists. File photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

The PNP chief points to a ‘local culture’ where firearms are the norm and where the fear of rido or clan feuds is real

MANILA, Philippines (Jun. 29, 2017) — The chief of the Philippine National Police (PNP) on Wednesday, June 28, admitted a “law enforcement failure” in Marawi even before local terror groups and their sympathizers tried to take control of the city over a month ago. Continue reading Dela Rosa admits ‘law enforcement failure’ in Marawi

Civilian wounded as stray bullets rain on Marawi capitol

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BULLET HOLE. This file photo shows a sniper’s bullet piercing through a wall of a mosque near a military camp in Marawi City. The provincial capitol is just beside the brigade headquarters. File photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

A stray bullet hits local government employee Ismail Saripada inside the capitol compound, which is considered a ‘safe zone’ in Marawi City

MANILA, Philippines (Jun. 23, 2017) — Stray bullets rained down again on the compound of the capitol in Marawi City on Thursday, June 22, wounding a local government employee. Continue reading Civilian wounded as stray bullets rain on Marawi capitol

Maranaos call for quick release of cash aid needed for Eid’l Fitr

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EVACUEES. Marawi City residents inside an evacuation center. Photo from the Department of Social Welfare and Development

Eid’l Fitr or the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan falls on Monday, June 26

MANILA, Philippines (Jun. 22, 2017) — Civil society leaders affected by the crisis in Marawi City urged the national government to fast-track the release of the cash assistance they are expecting to celebrate the end of Ramadan. Continue reading Maranaos call for quick release of cash aid needed for Eid’l Fitr

LOOK: Palace defends martial law in new social media video

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SHIELD OF MARTIAL LAW. The shield of martial law is said to protect this lone Filipino against violent extremists. Screenshot from Twitter video

The 37-second animation, which made the rounds of Twitter and Facebook on Wednesday afternoon, is taken down later in the evening

MANILA, Philippines (Jun. 1, 2017) — Malacañang has launched an information campaign via social media to justify the declaration of martial law. Its latest initiative: an animation that showed martial law as the shield that would protect a young man from violent extremists. Continue reading LOOK: Palace defends martial law in new social media video

Martial law may continue after Marawi siege – AFP

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MINDANAO TERROR THREATS. AFP spokesperson Brigadier General Restituto Padilla gives updates on the situation in Marawi City. Malacañang photo

AFP spokesman Brigadier General Restituto Padilla says the military is expected to use the full 60-day martial law period to quell threats in other parts of Mindanao

MANILA, Philippines (Jun. 1, 2017) — The imposition of martial law in Mindanao may continue even after government troops take full control of Marawi City ahead of the 60-day period of military rule, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) said on Wednesday, May 31. Continue reading Martial law may continue after Marawi siege – AFP