Bishop visits Marawi months after siege

Marawi Bishop Edwin dela Peña on Thursday visited the damaged St. Mary’s Cathedral for the first time since the city was taken over by the Maute group, the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) reported on Friday. Source link link: Bishop visits Marawi months after siege.....»»

Category: newsSource: manilainformer manilainformerJan 12th, 2018

Bishop visits Marawi months after siege

Marawi Bishop Edwin dela Peña on Thursday visited the damaged St. Mary’s Cathedral for the first time since the city was taken over by the Maute group, the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) reported on Friday. Source link link: Bishop visits Marawi months after siege.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsJan 12th, 2018

IN PHOTOS: Davao City responds to terror attack in pilot drill

DAVAO CITY, Philippines – In a real-life situation, ending a terror crisis in the Philippines can stretch for months, as shown by the Marawi siege. On Wednesday, February 28, Davao City officials showed how they planned to end an attack in just over an hour. The "Southern Storm" drill began ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsFeb 28th, 2018

Marawi part 2 possible in major Mindanao cities – Dela Rosa

MANILA, Philippines – Just 4 months after Philippine authorities quelled the Marawi siege , police are already preparing for the possibility of a "part 2," and according to top cop Ronald dela Rosa, major Mindanao cities could be at risk. "All the major, key cities in Mindanao are candidates to become ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsFeb 26th, 2018

LOOK: Marawi bishop visits destroyed cathedral for 1st time - Rappler

LOOK: Marawi bishop visits destroyed cathedral for 1st time - Rappler.....»»

Category: newsSource:  googlenewsRelated NewsJan 14th, 2018

AFP keeping a ‘tight watch’ over PH borders vs foreign fighters

The Armed Forces of the Philippines is keeping a "tight watch" over the country's borders to prevent the entry of foreign fighters in Mindanao.   "We cannot discount the possibility of foreign fighters surreptitiously able to enter the country given our vast and porous borders," AFP spokesperson Col. Edgard Arevalo saidThursday.   Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said early this week that they are checking reports indicating that foreign fighters have entered Mindanao, a few months after the Marawi siege ended.   "That is why we are also keeping a tight watch over the country's crevices. We have enhanced our own monitoring and security posture to keep o...Keep on reading: AFP keeping a ‘tight watch’ over PH borders vs foreign fighters.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 11th, 2018

Marawi: Rising from the rubble

More than two months have passed since the Philippine government declared victory over a well-armed, well-organized and highly motivated cabal of Muslim militants that laid siege to Marawi. But the lakeside city, a centre of Islamic heritage in the insurgency-wracked southern island of Mindanao, remains half-empty. Although the military has allowed half the city's more than 200,000 residents to return, the devastated half - a sprawling field of debris, unexploded ordnance and booby traps - is still no man's land. Post-conflict assessment teams are putting together a plan to rebuild Marawi. Experts estimate it may take anywhere from 50 billion to 90 billion pesos (S$1.3 billi...Keep on reading: Marawi: Rising from the rubble.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsDec 31st, 2017

Be compassionate, DU30 urges pinoys

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte has urged Filipinos to be compassionate to others, including those who have suffered from the months-long siege of Marawi City. In his Christmas message, the President called on Filipinos to keep in mind during “the year’s most festive and joyful season” the troops who have sacrificed for….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsDec 22nd, 2017

Tropical storm Vinta, Duterte’s Christmas message, PH abstains in UN vote | Midday wRap

Today on Rappler: Tropical storm Vinta slightly weakens after crossing Davao region.  President Rodrigo Duterte , in his Christmas message for 2017, calls on Filipinos to be compassionate to others, including to those who have suffered due to the months-long siege in Marawi City.  The United Nations rejects the United States ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsDec 22nd, 2017

Duterte: Remember Marawi heroes, displaced residents this Christmas

MANILA, Philippines – For Christmas 2017, President Rodrigo Duterte called on Filipinos to be compassionate to others, including to those who have suffered due to the months-long siege in Marawi City. In his Christmas message released on Thursday, December 21, the President urged Filipinos to keep in mind during "the year's most ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsDec 21st, 2017

TURNING POINT: Martial Law Mindanao II: A New Call for War

NAAWAN, Misamis Oriental (MindaNews / 14 Dec) – Martial Law was declared in Mindanao on May 23, 2017 in response to the Maute terrorist siege of Marawi City. It was extended for five months or up to December 31, 2017 to finish off the Maute uprising. By October or a month after the siege, Marawi […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsDec 18th, 2017

Navy engineering brigade starts Marawi rehab

THE Philippine Navy confirmed on Sunday that the Naval Combat Construction Brigade or Seabees are assisting in the rehabilitation phase in wartorn of Marawi City in Lanao del Sur, which the Islamic State-linked Maute terrorists held under siege for five months. Captain Lued Lincuna, Philippine Navy spokesman, said around 50 heavy equipment operators were deployed [...] The post Navy engineering brigade starts Marawi rehab appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsDec 17th, 2017

Marawi evacuees who lost homes will get free housing units – HUDCC

MANILA, Philippines – Displaced Marawi City residents who lost their homes in the months-long siege will be able to get free housing units from the government or from donors. Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC) Chairperson Eduardo del Rosario said on Monday, December 4, that more than ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsDec 4th, 2017

‘Amin Baco’ could be in Basilan, may recruit more Malaysians

MALAYSIAN MILITANT Amin Baco may be hiding in Basilan and could recruit more Malaysians for attacks in other parts of southern Philippines if he is still alive, a former hostage says. The Philippine authorities were earlier divided on whether Sabahan Amin was still alive and emir of the Islamic State (IS) in Southeast Asia, as claimed by an Indonesian militant captured in the besieged city of Marawi. But the latest statements by the Philippine military indicate that the seasoned terrorist may still be alive and is one of 10 militants who could be the new leader of the terror group’s regional arm. “Amin was definitely one of the leaders during the siege on Marawi,” college teacher Lordvin Acopio, who spent four months in captivity by the pro-IS groups which attacked Marawi, told FMT. “I can’t say how many groups were in Marawi. Amin led one of the groups. “Each group had 10-15 fighters, but the number depended on the size of the area they were guarding. “If Amin is still alive, it’s possible he’ll recruit more Malaysians to join in attack plots in other parts of southern Philippines.” Amin and others were said to be potential candidates to succeed IS’ Southeast Asia emir designate Isnilon Hapilon, who was killed last month in Marawi. Amin, who was from Tawau, was also reported to be an expert bomb-maker, recruiter and facilitator of weapons movement between southern Philippines and the east coast of Sabah. Malaysian counter-terrorism chief Ayob Khan Mydin Pitchay last week revealed Amin was Isnilon’s son-in-law, which caught analysts and experts by surprise. Some analysts said Amin’s family relationship with Isnilon, as well as his leadership position, vast experience and network, could set him apart from the other candidates for the top post. “If Amin is Isnilon’s son-in-law, most probably the IS’ regional leadership position was given to him after Isnilon was killed. The possibility is high,” Lordvin said. In October, FMT broke the news about a Malaysian teenager whom Lordvin had seen fighting troops alongside his militant father in Marawi. FMT withheld the identity of the militant and his son, but last week, Ayob Khan revealed the boy’s name, adding that he was Amin’s son. Lordvin, who was kidnapped on May 23, the first day of the Marawi war, said Amin and his son had access to siege leader Isnilon. “The boy was always at Isnilon’s place if he was not at the frontline fighting with his father,” Lordvin told FMT. “All of us hostages kept getting moved around, but wherever we were held, Isnilon was always in a building nearby and we weren’t allowed to go there. “Not everyone could see Isnilon at his place or command centre unless they were high-ranking militants. “I believe Amin’s son always visited his step-grandfather Isnilon at the command centre to collect firearms or to give situational reports.” Ayob Khan had said last week that Amin’s son was still alive and probably in Basilan, the base of the Abu Sayyaf group led by Isnilon. “If the boy is now in Basilan, then most probably Amin is also there because the duo never left each other’s side in Marawi,” Lordvin said. “In fact, intelligence reported by the Philippine media says militants are planning attacks there and elsewhere as revenge for the loss of their caliphate in Marawi. “Many relatives of those militants killed in Marawi are said to be doing recruitments now.” More than 1,000 people, mostly militants, were killed in the five-month clashes between the authorities and militants who wanted to set up a so-called IS caliphate in the lake city. (By Zam Yusa – Free Malaysia Today) 1,489 total views, 1,489 views today.....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanaoexaminerRelated NewsDec 2nd, 2017

LOOK: Mayor Sara Duterte visits Marawi, gives P5-M donation

All photos from Jefry Tupas/Davao CIO LANAO DEL SUR, Philippines – Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte Carpio visited Marawi on Thursday, November 16, a month after her father, President Rodrigo Duterte, declared the city liberated from local terrorist groups that had occupied it for 5 months.  The presidential daughter did the rounds as ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsNov 16th, 2017

Robredo to Asean: Shield youth from socmed misuse ‘to sow hate and anger’

Vice President Leni Robredo urged on Tuesday member countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) to give the youth broader opportunities to shield them from the misuse of technology and social media as tools to "sow hate and anger." Speaking at the Asean Business and Investment Summit, Robredo noted the importance of technology in shaping the values of the youth. Robredo said this was evident in the terror groups' recruitment of young people through social media, a method of which was used by the Maute Group that laid siege to Marawi City for five months. "Many of them have wider access to social mediaand are vulnerable to manipulative propaganda that sow ...Keep on reading: Robredo to Asean: Shield youth from socmed misuse ‘to sow hate and anger’.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 14th, 2017

OUR MARAWI: Why the people of Marawi City and Lanao need Congress to investigate the Marawi Siege

QUEZON CITY (MindNews / 31 Oct) — Facts after five months or 154 days of siege/war/terrorism/destruction: a. 920 Maute terrorists killed. b. 165 soldiers, policemen killed in action; 1,500 wounded in action c.  864 firearms recovered. d. 1,780 civilians/hostages rescued. e. 300 to 400,000 displaced Marawi/ Lanao del Sur Maranaw residents f.  3 to 5 […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsNov 2nd, 2017

5 months of Marawi siege reveals Philippine city in ruins

Smoke rises from the city as explosions continue to reverberate in Marawi, a day after President Rodrigo Duterte declared its liberation in the southern Philippines, Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017. Sporadic.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsOct 19th, 2017

Advocating Peace and Hope through Muaythai

The once beautiful Islamic City of Marawi has been the topic of most news in the Philippines since the siege caused by the Isis-inspired Maute Terrorist Group began 5 months ago. The Marawi crisis has greatly affected not only the access and availability of basic human necessities such as food, water and shelter, but also the children’s rights to education, play and social protection, among others......»»

Category: newsSource:  kagay_anRelated NewsOct 19th, 2017

AFP misses another deadline to end Marawi siege

 Military troops yesterday bombed Islamic State (IS)-inspired terrorists who have held out for over four months in Marawi City as the Armed Forces of the Phi.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 15th, 2017

Civilian monitor says martial law in Mindanao not needed

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/25 September) – There is no need for the continued imposition of Martial Law in Mindanao four months after its declaration with the siege in Marawi City by the ISIS-inspired Maute Group as its basis, a civilian monitor calling itsellf Alisto! said on Monday. President Rodrigo Duterte issued Proclamation 216 placing the entire Mindanao under martial [&'].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsSep 25th, 2017