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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

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