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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

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

Duterte warns he’ll order shooting of human rights advocates

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DRUG WAR. President Rodrigo Duterte, in his speech during the 19th founding anniversary of the Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption on August 16, 2017, reiterates that his war on drugs will remain unrelenting despite the criticism. Malacañang photo

‘Para makita talaga kung anong klaseng human right,’ says President Rodrigo Duterte about his latest threat

MANILA, Philippines (Aug. 17, 22017) — Amid criticism of his drug war from human rights groups, President Rodrigo Duterte said he might just order police to shoot them so they would know what real human rights violations are like. Continue reading Duterte warns he’ll order shooting of human rights advocates

HRW to Duterte: Retract threat vs human rights advocates

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TARGETS. Human rights advocates have been on the receiving end of President Rodrigo Duterte’s tirades and threats over their criticism of his war on drugs.

The New York-based organization says President Rodrigo Duterte has placed ‘targets’ on the backs of human rights advocates

MANILA, Philippines (Aug. 17, 2017) — President Rodrigo Duterte should retract his threat against human rights advocates “before there is more blood on his hands,” Human Rights Watch (HRW) said on Thursday, August 17. Continue reading HRW to Duterte: Retract threat vs human rights advocates

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

Evacuees in tent city to Duterte: End war in Marawi, allow us to go home

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Alahadj Ismael Panarigan – internally displaced Maranao. Rappler.com

This comes after President Rodrigo Duterte makes his second visit to government troops on the frontline of the fight against terrorists

ILIGAN CITY, Philippines (Aug. 5, 2017) — Speaking on behalf of his new neighbors in a recently opened tent city in a town near Marawi City, Alajadj Ismael Panarigan called on President Rodrigo Duterte to end the conflict in their city. Continue reading Evacuees in tent city to Duterte: End war in Marawi, allow us to go home