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When hope fights back amid conflict in Marawi
by Jayeel Serrano Cornelio July 07, 2017

Violence may have become the new normal but people are not letting it get in the way of their lives.

Duterte's historical revisionism: A settler hijacks Mindanao
by Rogelio Braga June 14, 2017

Mindanao is a national issue and requires national discussion. For President Duterte to use 'I am from Mindanao' is hijacking Mindanao’s narrative

‘I am from Mindanao’ buffer statement:
This is a historical revisionism of settler’s migration and of the eventual displacements of Moros and indigenous in the histories of Mindanao. By invoking "I am from Mindanao" to silence dissent from Filipinos from Luzon and the Visayas, the President engages in the endless reconstruction and deconstruction of Mindanao’s histories.

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Concert for Marawi all set on Independence Day
June 11, 2017 By Juliet C. Revita
A CONCERT for a cause dubbed as “One Love One Mindanao Help Marawi” is set to take the stage on Monday, June 12 at Rizal Park in time for the celebration of Independence Day to gather any form of donation to assist the affected residents of the close to three weeks armed conflict in Marawi City.
Inter-faith rally for peace, human rights set for June 12
June 10, 2017
Current and former lawmakers, religious leaders, and advocates will lead the call for peace and respect for human rights 'amidst the rising tide of terrorism, martial rule and impunity that threatens to rip the nation apart'
The different faces of compassion for Marawi
June 11, 2017

WHILE some Filipinos are busy posting their sentiments on social media, these Teach Peace Build Peace Movement (TPBPM) volunteers are busy making a difference on ground through little acts of kindness.

#SalamatSaSerbisyo: Show your support for Marawi soldiers, cops
June 10, 2017
Let us show our support for Filipino soldiers and cops deployed to Marawi City. Thank them for their sacrifices and selflessness using the hashtag #SalamatSaSerbisyo.
The Philippines will commemorate its 119th Independence day on Monday, June 12, with martial law in Mindanao and the crisis in Marawi City as its backdrop.

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Netizens show support for Marawi soldiers, cops
June 12, 2017
Responding to MovePH's callout, social media users share words of encouragement and gratitude for security forces battling terrorists in Marawi City

President Duterte, dismantle your propaganda machine
June 05, 2017

It stokes the flames of a highly divisive issue like martial law. It also empowers trolls, poisons the well and lowers our collective IQ and EQ
We don't need fake photos that show Vietnam combatants passed off as Philippine soldiers from the Philippine News Agency. We don’t need fake photos showing Honduras police instead of the Philippine military from newly minted communications assistant secretary Mocha Uson.

FACT-CHECK: Aguirre uses old photo to tag opposition lawmakers in Marawi crisis
by Lian Buan and Carmela Fonbuena June 07, 2017

The photo of the alleged plotters turns out to have been taken in 2015 at the Iloilo Airport, and not weeks before the Maute crisis erupted.
In the thick of war in Marawi, Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre on Wednesday, June 7, stirred a hornet's nest.
He insinuated to reporters in Manila that opposition lawmakers Senator Benigno “Bam” Aquino IV, Senator Antonio Trillanes IV, and Magdalo Reprsentative Gary Alejano may have had something to do with the attack of terrorist groups in the city.

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Robredo slams Aguirre for using fake news on Marawi conflict
Jun 13, 2017
Vice President Leni Robredo took a rare potshot at a member of President Duterte’s Cabinet on Tuesday, calling out Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre for spreading fake news and eroding the public’s trust in his department.

Independence from Vitaliano Aguirre II
June 12, 2017
As we celebrate Independence Day, we ask to be free – free from the justice secretary’s spin, lies, and conspiracies.
The tragedy of Vitaliano Aguirre II’s recent lie is not so much his refusal to bow in shame for it, it is the sorry fact that we are his captive audience, desperate to be liberated from his alternative truths but stuck in a country that has him for justice secretary.

Vitaliano Aguirre: 'Fake news king' to opposition, 'bright boy' to Duterte
by Lian Buan June 11, 2017
Aguirre says he would have wanted to settle for a quiet life, take care of his 6 grandchildren, tend to his bonsais, and resume scuba diving, but service beckoned.

NUJP to Aguirre: Media won't be scapegoats for your 'lies'
June 09, 2017
'Trying to blame others for your blunders unmasks you as a mean-spirited coward,' the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines tells Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II

No public apology yet from Aguirre for fake news
by Lian Buan UPDATED June 09, 2017
The Palace says Aguirre still enjoys the 'full trust' of President Rodrigo Duterte
Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II has not made any public clarifications, more so a public apology – at least not yet – as of Thursday, June 8.

Philippine News Agency uses Vietnam photo in Marawi siege story
by Stacy de Jesus May 29, 2017
This is the second known mistake committed by the state-run news agency in May 2017.
The story titled "Urban warfare a challenge for soldiers in Marawi" was accompanied by a photo of a soldier holding a gun while patrolling in a poverty-stricken area.
Searching the source of the image, however, will lead you to Wikimedia Commons. According to the media repository platform, the original file name of the image is Vietconghunt.jpg and was described as "Troops of 'A' Company, 1st Air Cavalry Division, checking house during patrol."

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PNA sorry for wrong photo; Mocha Uson on the defensive
by Pia Ranada May 30, 2017
While the state news agency says it will review its procedures, PCOO official Mocha Uson says those who called her out for using the photo of Honduran police should 'use their common sense'

FACT CHECK: PCOO's Mocha Uson shares wrong photo of PH army
by Stacy de Jesus May 30, 2017
This is not the first unverified image that the PCOO Assistant Secretary has shared.
She wanted to rally support for troops in their fight against terrorists in Mindanao, but in doing so, newly appointed government official Mocha Uson is caught yet again sharing an unverified image.

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Andanar hides from media after new PCOO blunders
by Pia Ranada UPDATED June 01, 2017 - with video
Despite telling Presidential Spokesman Ernesto Abella he would take questions from Palace reporters, PCOO chief Andanar chooses to evade the media and stays silent on new gaffes from his office.
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Social media asked to remove video of Marawi church desecration
June 07, 2017
(Updated) Philippine military officials said Wednesday that they've asked social media companies including Facebook to remove a video of Maute militants smashing icons in a Catholic church in Marawi City, saying it may be an attempt to fan hatred and turn the conflict into a religious war.

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Why the needless and remorseless violence?
by Fr. Ranhilio Callangan Aquino June 09, 2017
The video clip of alleged Maute gang members smashing statues, tearing pictures of the saints and of the Pope and finally setting a Catholic Church ablaze have gone viral. And many are outraged. Many are incensed.

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Duterte proclamation declaring martial law in Mindanao - Etc.

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Congress extends martial law to December 31, 2017
by Mara Cepeda July 22, 2017 - with Videos
UPDATED In an overwhelming vote, both the House and the Senate grant President Rodrigo Duterte's request for a 5-month extension of martial law in Mindanao

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July 22. 2017
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As the martial law declaration on Mindanao expires on Saturday, July 22, President Rodrigo Duterte asks both branches of Congress to extend martial law until December 31.

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After martial law extension, Robredo wants gov’t attention on abuse claims
by Patty Pasion July 23, 2017
Robredo says the only apprehension people have on martial law is the history of human rights violation during the late President Ferdinand Marcos’ dictatorship.

Protesters interrupt Congress joint session on martial law
by Mara Cepeda July 22, 2017 - with Video
'Never again, never again, never again to martial law!' shout the protesters as lawmakers tackle the request of President Rodrigo Duterte to extend martial law in Mindanao

Anti-martial law protesters in Congress held in Camp Karingal
by Lian Buan July 22, 2017 - with Video
Charges of disturbance of proceedings are expected to be filed against the 8 protesters when courts open on Monday, July 24.

Martial law extension and the Supreme Court (part 1)
We analyze the recent Supreme Court decision which upheld President Duterte’s Proclamation No. 216, to discern how the Court might answer anticipated petitions in the event of an extension of martial law in Mindanao

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Slippery slope of martial law (part 2)
We come to the core of the Lagman vs Medialdea martial law decision – how the Court applies the 'sufficiency of the factual basis' test

Both by Tony La Viña and Regina Ongsiako July 22, 2017

A court's abdication
by Senator Leila de Lima July 23, 2017

Presumption of regularity should not be the benchmark in ascertaining the truth or falsity of the factual assertions in the President’s report, especially if there are indications based on neutral news reports that some of the facts presented by the President are simply not true.

'Dear Digong': Lumad children ask Duterte to end martial law, violence
July 22, 2017
Lumad children write their appeals to President Rodrigo Duterte ahead of his second State of the Nation Address.

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'Use martial law to fast-track return of Marawi evacuees'
by Carmela Fonbuena July 22, 2017
'We must not continue to relegate the sufferings of our IDPs as mere secondary concern only next to our security efforts,' the Provincial Crisis Management Committee says in a statement after Congress extends martial law in Mindanao

Duterte wants martial law extended till December
by Pia Ranada July 18, 2017 - with Video
UPDATED The President wants martial law over the entire Mindanao extended for 5 more months.

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Duterte to make warrantless arrests even without martial law
by Pia Ranada July 21, 2017
The President also says the idea of extending martial law until December came from security officials, not him.
If Congress does not extend martial law in Mindanao, President Rodrigo Duterte is prepared to make warrantless arrests "in good faith."
"Now, ‘pag wala na ‘yan (martial law) and if I have to arrest you without a warrant, I will arrest you without a warrant, with or without martial law," said Duterte on July 21.

Duterte says he declared martial law to avoid impeachment
by Pia Ranada July 21, 2017
'I had to declare martial law otherwise I would be a candidate for impeachment also,' President Rodrigo Duterte tells soldiers fighting in Marawi.

Editorial: Extending martial law
July 19, 2017
AS expected, President Rodrigo Duterte asked Congress to extend martial law in Mindanao. His congressional allies said yesterday that he asked for 60 more days,
but
Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella asserted that the President wants martial law in effect until the end of 2017.

Opposition lawmakers hit Duterte's 'whimsical' martial law request
by Mara Cepeda July 18, 2017
But Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez says Congress will probably grant the President's request to extend martial law, citing a survey that says majority of Filipinos support the original proclamation.

AFP chief: 5-month martial law extension 'enough to finish job'
by Pia Ranada July 18, 2017 - with Videos
General Eduardo Año supports President Duterte's recommendation for a 5-month extension of martial law

Duterte asks lawmakers for 60-day martial law extension
by Mara Cepeda and Pia Ranada July 17, 2017

UPDATED The President also asks the Senate and the House to hold a special session to tackle his request. This session will be on Saturday, July 22, 2017

SC ruling: Duterte can put 'entire PH' under martial law
by Lian Buan July 06, 2017

UPDATED 'The Constitution has provided sufficient safeguards against possible abuses of Commander-in-Chief's powers; further curtailment of presidential powers should not only be discouraged but also avoided,' the High Court says in its ruling.
The Supreme Court (SC), in a landmark decision on Tuesday, July 4, said that the Chief Executive should be trusted to declare martial law and should have the sole discretion on its scope.

Extend martial law in Mindanao, AFP, PNP ask Duterte
by Bea Cupin July 17, 2017
PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa says the police want an extension of martial law because they've yet to capture all alleged narco-politicians with ties to the Maute Group

Lorenzana submits martial law recommendation to Duterte
July 16, 2017
Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana confirmed on Sunday, July 16, that he has submitted to Malacañang his recommendation on whether or not to extend martial law in Mindanao, but declined to give further details "so as not to preempt the President."

PNP, AFP mull reducing scope of martial law
by Bea Cupin July 13, 2017
The AFP and PNP are set to submit their position paper asking for an extension of martial law

Martial law extension won't lead to abuses – Lorenzana
by Carmela Fonbuena July 11, 2017
In response to calls in Congress to extend martial rule in Mindanao until 2022, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana says martial law is an extraordinary power of the Commander-in-Chief 'that must be resorted to only when warranted by our national security circumstances'

Military says 5-year martial law extension ‘too long’
by Pia Ranada July 10, 2017
Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez may have had other information for suggesting martial law remain in place until 2022, says AFP spokesman Restituto Padilla.

Lawmakers slam Alvarez’s proposal to extend martial law to 2022
by Mara Cepeda July 10, 2017
Albay 1st District Representative Edcel Lagman says any extension shall be upon the initiative of the President.

Alvarez wants martial law in Mindanao until 2022
July 09, 2017
'Five months or one year or two years is too short,' according to House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez

Duterte won't lift martial law before SONA
July 07, 2017
'Ang magsabi sa akin na hindi na critical ang armed forces at ang pulis. I do not have an independent study of how things are on the ground,' Duterte says

Drilon hits Panelo: Only Congress can extend martial law
by Camille Elemia July 06, 2017
'Huwag naman sana nating lokohin ang taumbayan,' Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon tells Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo, who said Duterte can just declare martial law again if Proclamation No. 216 is not extended

Opposition lawmakers to contest SC martial law ruling
by Mara Cepeda July 06, 2017
Albay 1st District Representative Edcel Lagman says they will 'expose serious errors in the majority decision' of the Supreme Court when they file a motion for reconsideration.

Duterte respects all SC justices' views on martial law
by Pia Ranada July 04, 2017
President Rodrigo Duterte says he respects even those justices who question the legality of his martial law proclamation.

After SC ruling on martial law, Robredo asks Congress to perform constitutional duty
by Patty Pasion July 04, 2017
Vice President Leni Robredo says that after the Supreme Court's ruling on the declaration of martial law, Congress should fulfill its duty to review, on behalf of the people, the declaration of martial law

SC upholds Duterte's martial law in Mindanao
by Lian Buan July 04, 2017 - with video
The High Court issues the ruling on the 43rd day of the imposition of martial law in Mindanao

Martial law narrative out of context, far-fetched
by Lian Buan July 09, 2017
'There is no rebellion that justifies martial law. There is terrorism that requires more thoughtful action,' says Supreme Court Associate Justice Marvic Leonen
Supreme Court (SC) Associate Justice Marvic Leonen believes that the violence sowed by the Maute terror group in Marawi City was exaggerated by the government, calling the official narrative "far-fetched, when it could be nothing but fake news."
Power consolidation for martial law
by Vergel O. Santos July 08, 2017

The Supreme Court’s affirmation of the legality of President Duterte’s imposition of martial law in Mindanao can only serve to feed his predisposition to authoritarianism, which he has betrayed all too often by self-comparison with Ferdinand Marcos, dictator for 14 years.

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Analyzing the Marawi situation and the Martial law in Mindanao
Jun 30, 2017

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Editorial: Lessons from Marawi siege
June 30, 2017

High noon in the SC: Is martial law legal?
by Tony La Viña and Regina Ongsiako June 26, 2017

A lot of things depend on the clarity of the Supreme Court decision in saying not only what martial law is not, but also what it includes.

DOCUMENTS: Read gov't releases on martial law in Mindanao
June 14, 2017

Rappler compiles all documents related to President Duterte's martial law declaration in Mindanao.

This page will be constantly updated as needed.

Duterte declares martial law in Mindanao
by Pia Ranada, May 23, 2017
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte makes the declaration while on an official visit to Russia, as Maute Group members attack Marawi City in Mindanao.

This is a developing story. Please refresh the link for updates.

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Duterte asked to lift martial law in Davao City
by Pia Ranada July 12, 2017
'We cannot deny the slowdown, especially in the tourism industry, when martial law was declared in Mindanao,' says the president of the Davao City Chamber of Commerce.

AFP finalizing martial law recommendation to Duterte
by Pia Ranada July 07, 2017
The military says it is completing its assessment on a possible extension of martial law in Mindanao, which lapses on July 22.

AFP, PNP chiefs 'inclined to recommend' martial law extension
by Bea Cupin July 04, 2017
PNP chief Director General Ronald dela Rosa says 'as of now,' he and AFP chief General Eduardo Año want to extend martial law in Mindanao until the 'rehabilitation' phase in Marawi City

Martial law also aims to crush NPA, drug syndicates
by Carmela Fonbuena July 03, 2017
Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana is confident the Supreme Court will uphold martial law when it rules on petitions to nullify the declaration on Tuesday, July 4.

Lorenzana 'confident' SC will uphold martial law
by Pia Ranada July 03, 2017
Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana says security officials will 'soon' give their recommendation to President Rodrigo Duterte on whether or not to extend martial law.

Palace downplays Duterte's threat vs martial law critics
by Pia Ranada July 03, 2017
'It's just strong language,' says Presidential Spokesman Ernesto Abella about the President's threat to arrest those who disagree with his martial law declaration in Mindanao

Duterte threatens to jail martial law critics
by Agence France-Presse July 02, 2017
He has insisted he would ignore the findings of the Supreme Court, vowing only to listen to recommendations from the armed forces.

Duterte proclamation declaring martial law in Mindanao
May 25, 2017
President Rodrigo Duterte's Proclamation No. 216 declaring martial law in Mindanao
The proclamation, signed on Tuesday, May 23, while Duterte was in Russia for an official visit, also suspended the privilege of the writ of habeas corpus in Mindanao.

Palace: No clear timeline for lifting martial law
June 17, 2017
Presidential Spokesman Ernesto Abella says military troops continue to recover and regain control of strategic vantage points in Marawi City.

'No rebellion' in Marawi? Calida says critics 'detached from reality'
June 11, 2017
Solicitor General Jose Calida is confident the government will be able to justify the declaration of martial law in Mindanao during oral arguments at the Supreme Court.
The Philippine government's top lawyer said those who "deny" the existence of a rebellion in the southern Philippines are showing symptoms of psychosis "since they are detached from reality."

Duterte to follow SC on martial law
June 09, 2017
President Rodrigo Duterte admits he is 'not proud' about declaring martial law in Mindanao
President Rodrigo Duterte said on Friday, June 9, that he would "follow" whatever the Supreme Court says on his martial law declaration in Mindanao.

Congress to ignore any SC martial law order
by Mara Cepeda June 08, 2017
Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez said the 17th Congress will not heed the Supreme Court (SC) if it compels them to convene jointly to assess the declaration of martial law in Mindanao.

Martial law: When Congress defaults, Supreme Court can step in
by Emil Marañon III June 07, 2017
Congress’ refusal to convene is tantamount to a waiver, in favor of the Supreme Court, of the legislature's priority in performing the duty to reviewing the martial law declaration.

Duterte to end martial law when Mindanao 'stable'
by Pia Ranada June 01, 2017
(UPDATED) 'But for as long as the military says, 'Sir, hindi pa talaga kaya,' and it's beyond 60 days, Congress must understand that I may need more time,' says the President

12 senators favor joint session on Mindanao martial law
by Camille Elemia May 30, 2017
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.

Opposition lawmakers hit 'creeping authoritarianism' under Duterte
by Mara Cepeda May 29, 2017
Representatives Gary Alejano, Teddy Baguilat Jr, and Tom Villarin say President Rodrigo Duterte cannot ignore Congress and the Supreme Court over the martial law declaration in Mindanao

House to meet with Cabinet over Mindanao martial law on May 31
by Mara Cepeda May 29, 2017 - with video
Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas says: the briefing will be open to the public unless the officials request for a closed-door session

Senate rejects joint session on Duterte's martial law
by Camille Elemia May 30, 2017
Voting 12-9, the Senate scraps the minority bloc's resolution calling for Congress to convene to tackle the declaration of martial law in Mindanao

House opposition eyes questioning Mindanao martial law before SC
by Mara Cepeda May 30, 2017
Representative Edcel Lagman says they plan to question the factual basis for the President's declaration as well as Congress leaders' refusal to convene in a joint session.

Opposition senators seek joint session on martial law
by Camille Elemia May 29, 2017
The joint congressional session is needed to check the 'validity of the proclamation' and to 'prevent abuses,' all 6 minority senators say in a resolution.

No joint session on martial law? Opposition lawmakers say its a cover-up
by Rambo Talabong May 29, 2017
The lawmakers said that it does not only undermine the Constitution, but it may also be hiding a plan to completely overturn it.

Duterte cannot ignore SC, Congress on martial law – senators
by Camille Elemia May 29, 2017
'The President swore to uphold and defend the Constitution, not willfully defile it and do only as he wants,' says minority Senator Francis Pangilinan.

Duterte will respect any SC ruling on martial law – Palace
by Pia Ranada May 29, 2017
Presidential Spokesman Ernesto Abella says Duterte's remarks on martial law are 'not meant to bypass the Supreme Court or the legislative'

Duterte: Only AFP, PNP can tell me to end martial law
May 28, 2017
President Rodrigo Duterte says Congress and the Supreme Court cannot tell him what to do because they are 'not the ones risking their lives' on the battlefield.
President Rodrigo Duterte seemingly dismissed provisions in the 1987 Constitution that allow Congress and the Supreme Court (SC) to assess any martial law declaration, saying he would only listen to the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Philippine National Police (PNP).

No joint session on martial law? Congress 'shields' Duterte
by Camille Elemia May 27, 2017
Unlike in 2009 when then president Gloria Macapagal Arroyo declared martial law in Maguindanao, Congress, now filled with Duterte allies, has no plans of convening to discuss his martial law declaration.

Congress receives Duterte's report on martial law proclamation
by Patty Pasion May 25, 2017
President Rodrigo Duterte submits his report to the Senate and the House of Representatives on Thursday evening, May 25.

Congress 'unlikely' to revoke martial law in Mindanao
by Camille Elemia May 25, 2017
'We have no intentions of revoking, therefore we (the Senate and the House of Representatives) need not meet jointly,' says Senate Majority Leader Vicente Sotto III.

Duterte eyes expanding martial law to whole PH
by Paterno Esmaquel II May 24, 2017 - with video
(UPDATED) President Rodrigo Duterte says he may expand martial law to Luzon and Visayas if the threat of ISIS persists.

Will martial law continue even after Marawi crisis?
by Paterno Esmaquel II May 24, 2017 - with video
Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana says 'it depends on Congress' whether martial law will continue even after the Marawi crisis has been resolved.

Martial law may continue after Marawi siege – AFP
by Pia Ranada May 31, 2017
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.

League of provinces supports martial law in Mindanao
by Rambo Talabong May 25, 2017
The league, which is composed of governors, the local chief executives of the country's provinces, commit to be vigilant especially on security matters in their respective areas.

Mindanao lawmakers justify martial law declaration
by Mara Cepeda May 24, 2017
Martial rule will help address Mindanao's peace and order problems, say lawmakers from the region.

Robredo: 'Trust the AFP' in martial law implementation
May 24, 2017
Vice President Leni Robredo says the best thing to do now is to support the government as it fights terrorists in Marawi City.

Marawi mayor to gov’t: Uphold human rights of ‘innocent civilians’
May 24, 2017
Marawi City Mayor Majul Usman Gandamra says the declaration of martial law in Mindanao is 'timely' but the government must ensure respect for human rights while it is in effect.

Duterte says his martial law to be similar to Marcos time
by Pia Ranada UPDATED May 25, 2017 - with video
'It will not be any different from what the President Marcos did. I'd be harsh,' says the Philippine President before flying to Manila

TIMELINE: Marawi clashes prompt Martial Law in all of Mindanao
by Carmela Fonbuena May 24, 2017
Clashes erupt in Marawi City Tuesday afternoon, May 23. At the end of the day, President Rodrigo Duterte declares Martial Law in all of Mindanao.

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House receives martial law briefing from PH cabinet
May 31, 2017 - with video
All members of the House of Representatives met with Cabinet officials as well as Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) Governor Mujiv Hataman at 9 am on Wednesday, May 31, to discuss the declaration of martial law in Mindanao.

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House supports Mindanao martial law, finds no need to revoke it
by Mara Cepeda May 31, 2017
House Resolution Number 1050 in effect rejects the Makabayan bloc's resolution calling for a joint session to revoke martial law in Mindanao.

Duterte may suspend writ of habeas corpus in Visayas
by Pia Ranada May 31, 2017 - with video
President Rodrigo Duterte says this plan is 'just a precautionary measure' in case terrorists 'transfer venue' to the Visayas.
President Rodrigo Duterte said on Wednesday, May 31, that if the terrorist threat reaches the Visayas, he would suspend the privilege of the writ of habeas corpus in the region rather than place it under the scope of martial law.
Where is Duterte taking us?
by Vergel O. Santos May 27, 2017
Questions must be asked now, before the freedom to ask is itself lost.
When Rodrigo Duterte warned early in his presidency that he might suspend the writ of habeas corpus to allow for arrests without warrants, human rights lawyer Chel Diokno remarked, “The train may have left the station.”
Suarez-led House minority supports martial law in Mindanao
by Mara Cepeda May 31, 2017

'The Marawi attack by the Maute group may be tantamount to rebellion, which justifies the declaration of Martial Law from a legal perspective,' says Minority Leader Danilo Suarez.

Duterte: 'I alone' responsible for martial law aftermath
May 26, 2017 - with video
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
'No abuses in Duterte's Marcos copycat martial law'
by Pia Ranada June 19, 2017

The President was likely referring to the 'breadth and depth' of martial law implementation, says both the Palace and AFP.
Malacañang and the military gave assurances to the public that President Rodrigo Duterte did not mean a repetition of Marcos regime abuses if he declares martial law a second time.

Robredo to Duterte: 'Remain faithful' to Constitution, democracy
by Patty Pasion May 30, 2017
'We urge our President to take back what he said about disregarding Congress and the [SC] and be an example to all public servants,' says Vice President Leni Robredo.
Lorenzana 'admits' not recommending martial law
by Camille Elemia May 30, 2017

Security officials told senators in a private briefing that the military could neutralize the Maute group even without martial law, the Senate minority bloc says.

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Duterte: AFP, PNP ‘gave me reason’ for martial law declaration
by Bea Cupin May 31, 2017
President Rodrigo Duterte says he will lift martial law in Mindanao 'once order is restored and upon the advice of the military and the police'.

Martial law Duterte's call, not security officials' – Panelo
by Pia Ranada May 30, 2017
Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo responds to reports that the defense establishment did not recommend martial law to the commander in chief

Can Duterte do a Marcos?
by Lisandro E. Claudio May 29, 2017

Our babyboomer mayor-president may think he is living in the 1970s, but things have changed a lot since then.

Who's who in Duterte's martial law
by Bea Cupin Updated May 27, 2017

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana is administrator of martial law, reporting directly to the President. He will have 'several advisers for the areas of Mindanao.'

On Congress and martial law, 2 words: 'Duty' and 'review'
by Emil Marañon III May 30, 2017
What is assigned to Congress is not just a discretion to revoke or not to revoke President Duterte's martial law declaration but a positive duty to review it.
Ano ang mga dapat mong malaman tungkol sa martial law?
May 27, 2017 - with video

Ayon sa 1987 Konstitusyon, maaring pigilan o palawigin ng Kongreso ang pagdeklara ng martial law. Maari ring pag-aralan o pigilan ng Korte Suprema ito.

Ramos fears 'more harmful' martial law under Duterte
by Paterno Esmaquel II May 26, 2017 - with videos

Former president Fidel V. Ramos says, 'We would be much higher now in the ranking of nations, in the appreciation of other nations about the Philippines, if we did not have martial law. As a military man, pagmasdan mo ang lalim ng sinasabi ko.'

Martial Law 2.0 in Mindanao: Beta version of Duterte's authoritarian project
by Senator Leila de Lima May 28, 2017

Duterte is using a sledgehammer to take on a job that is properly accomplished with precision tools. It is the convenient but indiscriminate weapon of an authoritarian leader.

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Jesuit leader says martial law 'fraught with danger'
by Paterno Esmaquel II May 28, 2017
Father Antonio Moreno urges vigilance 'so that the dark atrocities of martial law under Ferdinand Marcos not be repeated'

Alvarez: House monitoring martial law in Mindanao, to 'step in' if needed
by Mara Cepeda May 31, 2017 - with video

Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez gives the assurance to the public a day after he told martial law critics to 'shut up' if they are not from Mindanao.

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THE ATENEAN FACING MARTIAL LAW
Chief Justice Maria Lourdes P. A. Sereno (ADMU, Economics '80) addresses the Class of 2017, Ateneo de Manila Loyola Schools, May 26, 2017.

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Ateneo presidents to Duterte admin: Act 'judiciously' on martial law
by Camille Elemia May 28, 2017
'We call on everyone to remain vigilant, to hold our officials accountable for their actions, to demand to know and to be told the truth at all times,' say all 5 presidents of Ateneo universities.

CJ Sereno to Ateneans: Make sure past Martial Law horrors not repeated
by Lian Buan May 26, 2017
'I urge you to speak out with truth even against the overwhelming tide of popular opinion... When you face threats to the sanctity of human rights or the stability of our democracy, give your all to protect these freedoms,' Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno says.

The Atenean facing martial law
by Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno May 26, 2017
'These are times when everything that can be shaken is being shaken, when institutions are being challenged to their very foundations, and basic ideas of decency and human dignity are being violated with great impunity,' Sereno says during commencement exercises at the Ateneo de Manila

Martial Law 101: Things you should know
by Jodesz Gavilan May 24, 2017
UPDATED Under the 1987 Philippine Constitution, a declaration of Martial Law can be revoked or extended by Congress and reviewed by the Supreme Court

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Questions you need to ask about martial law in Mindanao
by Lian Buan May 25, 2017
Martial law is meant to give the military control over its coverage area when the civilian government could no longer function.

What happens to local government units during martial law?
by Rambo Talabong May 24, 2017
Local chief executives would have to surrender powers over their units to the national government, but to what extent?
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Senate 'can't outvote' House in martial law vote – Lacson
by Camille Elemia May 24, 2017
Senator Panfilo Lacson says the Senate has only 22 members while the House of Representatives – dominated by administration allies – has 292 members

Why Duterte's martial law terrorizes us
May 29, 2017

It makes us lose sight of the true nature of the new threat of terror: that it is ubiquitous, knows no boundaries, and is not only Mindanao's cross to bear.

If you're arrested or detained, know these rights
by Michael Bueza May 26, 2017

The Constitution remains in effect even in times of emergency, such as during martial law. This means that rights during arrest or detention remain in place.

Making sense of Duterte’s martial law
by Ronald Mendoza May 26, 2017

This is perhaps the tactical objective of terrorists attacking democracies: to force countries into draconian measures by increasing the trade-off between security and freedom

Why martial law is not the solution to Mindanao's woes
by Br. Tagoy Jakosalem June 01, 2017

There is a need to consolidate the growing voices of discontent, if there is still hope to immediately end this martial law, and move towards the original direction of sustaining inclusion in integral development based on social justice.

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Stop the bombings, rethink martial law
by Sylvia Estrada Claudio June 05, 2017
Even among Mindanawons, there is a difference of opinion as to whether martial law is the appropriate response.

Rights group urges Duterte to lift martial law declaration
by Cristina Palabay May 31, 2017
Karapatan fears that just like in the time of Marcos, human rights violations will be justified on the pretext of security, protection, and national interest.
We are a nation that has gone through the monstrosities of martial law. Repeating it again, with no less than another butcher, Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) chief General Eduardo Año, as administrator, will inevitably worsen rights abuses.
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Moro groups call for lifting of martial law
Published on Jun 3, 2017

The Coalition for Moro Youth Movement as well as displaced people from Marawi City called for the lifting of martial law over Mindanao and strengthening of policies protecting internally displaced people (IDPs) during a martial law forum in Quezon City on June 2, 2017.

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Lawyers to Duterte: Stop martial law abuses in Marawi
June 10, 2017
The Integrated Bar of the Philippines in Lanao del Sur says it is 'utterly shocked' by the 'sheer magnitude' of abuses against innocent civilians in Marawi.
Lawyers in Lanao del Sur expressed their "severe outrage" over alleged martial law abuses in Marawi City, and demanded swift government response to what they called "unspeakable acts of bestiality."
What's martial law like in Duterte's Davao?
by Bea Cupin May 31, 2017 - with videos

Davao City, Malacañang of the South, leaves nothing to chance as Mindanao enters its second week under martial law

Netizens terrified or trusting of martial law in Mindanao
by Rappler Social Media Team May 24, 2017
Social media erupts after the Philippine government announces that President Rodrigo Duterte has declared martial law in Mindanao.
LOOK: Palace defends martial law in new social media video
by Victor Barreiro Jr. May 31, 2017

The 37-second animation made the rounds of Twitter and Facebook on Wednesday afternoon, May 31, but was eventually taken down later in the evening due to online backlash.
The narrator of the video said: "In the free society, there are groups who don't want to give independence.
The new video came after the Palace released a "Fast Facts" video explaining how martial law works, and how long it lasts.

Philippine military asks Facebook to close terrorist accounts
by Carmela Fonbuena Updated June 09, 2017 - with video

Military spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Jo-ar Herrera says the armed forces' social media unit uncovered 63 Facebook accounts belonging to the terrorrists and their supporters

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Facebook seeks to become 'hostile place' for extremists
by Agence France-Presse June 16, 2017

In a joint blog post, the social network's global policy management director Monika Bickert and counterterrorism policy manager Brian Fishman say Facebook is committed to tackling the issue 'head-on'

AFP chief Año details aborted Maute-ISIS 'grand plan' in Marawi
UPDATED June 11, 2017 - with videos
Local terrorists planned to 'kill as many non-Muslims as they can so they will prove to the world that they are able to establish an Islamic state here in Asia,' says Philippine military chief Eduardo Año.
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Justice Secretary Aguirre on pork scam, martial law, and war on drugs
June 01, 2017
Rappler sits down with Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II to talk about, among others, constitutional issues pertaining to martial law and manpower inside the DOJ
Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II's most controversial move of late is holding exploratory talks with plunder defendant and alleged pork scam mastermind Janet Lim-Napoles.
Mindanao Martial Law Petitions - etc.

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Ex-Solgen Hilbay seeks support in martial law petition
by Lian Buan June 02, 2017
Former Solicitor General Florin Hilbay has called on lawyers to support a petition before the Supreme Court (SC) to compel the House of Representatives and the Senate to hold a joint session to discuss President Rodrigo Duterte's martial law in Mindanao.
The petition, which will be filed before the Supreme Court, asks that the House of Representatives and the Senate meet in a joint session to discuss martial law

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Opposition lawmakers want SC to nullify martial law
by Mara Cepeda June 05, 2017
Six out of the 7-member House opposition bloc filed a petition before the Supreme Court (SC) on Monday, June 5, questioning the constitutionality of President Rodrigo Duterte's declaration of martial law in Mindanao.

Nullify martial law? Your guide to the SC oral arguments
by Lian Buan June 12, 2017

The High Court hears arguments June 13-15 on consolidated petitions to nullify martial law in Mindanao. Here are the main arguments and counter-arguments.

SC Justices meet with Lorenzana, Año in private for 'secret' martial law matters
June 15, 2017 Lian Buan reports - with video
What was supposed to be a day of oral arguments in the Supreme Court turned out to be a 6-hour long wait for the media.

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Lagman: Why hide martial law details from the public?
by Lian Buan June 19, 2017
Albay 1st District Representative Edcel Lagman, one of the petitioners against martial law, says details cited in the private session with Supreme Court justices should be released

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Oral Arguments on Mindanao Martial Law Petitions
June 13, 2017
The Supreme Court (SC) begin on Tuesday, June 13, its 3-day oral arguments on 3 consolidated petitions, which seek to nullify President Rodrigo Duterte's Proclamation Number 216 or martial law in Mindanao.
Defending Duterte will be Solicitor General Jose Calida, who will go up against 3 groups of petitioners: minority lawmakers led by Albay 1st District Representative Edcel Lagman, militant groups led by Lumad leader Eufemia Cullamat, and Marawi residents led by Mindanao State University (MSU) Professor Norkaya Mohamad.

Oral Arguments on Mindanao Martial Law Petitions
June 14, 2017

Oral Arguments on Mindanao Martial Law Petitions
June 15, 2017
What was supposed to be a day of oral arguments in the Supreme Court turned out to be a 6-hour long wait for the media.

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SUMMARY: SC oral arguments on martial law in Mindanao
by Lian Buan June 17, 2017
The Supreme Court (SC) has wrapped up the oral arguments on the validity of martial law in Mindanao, with the final day spent in a private session with Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana and Armed Forces chief General Eduardo Año.

SC asks Congress to explain why they did not convene on martial law
by Lian Buan June 16, 2017
(UPDATED) The Supreme Court en banc gives the congressional leadership a non-extendible period of 10 days to submit their comment to the consolidated petitions filed by two groups

Martial law petitioners, gov't to submit final arguments on June 19
By Chad de Guzman, CNN June 16, 2017
After three days, the Supreme Court has ended oral arguments on martial law and had ordered both petitioners for and against President Rodrigo Duterte's proclamation to submit their final arguments on June 19.

VideoLOG: Petitioners get SC to compel Lorenzana, Año
June 14, 2017
On Day 2 of the SC oral arguments on martial law in Mindanao, the petitioners are successful in getting the Supreme Court to compel to the court martial law officers Secretary Delfin Lorenzana and General Eduardo Año. Lian Buan files this video blog.

VideoLOG: Burden of proof tackled in Day 1 of SC oral arguments on martial law
Lian Buan June 14, 2017

Calida invokes technicality to have martial law petitions dismissed
by Lian Buan June 13, 2017
Solicitor General Jose Calida will defend President Duterte in the SC oral arguments against the 3 petitions opposing his declaration of martial law in Mindanao.

Marawi Clash

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Marawi battle zone: Urban warfare challenges PH military
by Carmela Fonbuena June 19, 2017

It’s a lot like the siege of Zamboanga City in September 2013 – but much worse.
Block by block. House by house. Floor by floor.

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9 soldiers killed, 41 wounded in bloodbath in Marawi
by Carmela Fonbuena July 23, 2017 - with Video
The casualties are recorded on Saturday, July 22, from several incidents in the battle zone.

How pro-ISIS fighters recruited Filipino youth for Marawi siege
by Natashya Gutierrez July 22, 2017
Through messaging app Telegram, and by targeting university campuses in Mindanao, pro-ISIS fighters successfully convince Muslim youth to join their ranks in Marawi and contribute financially to the cause.

Report: IS galvanized in Asia by Marawi City siege
July 21, 2017
The attack by Maute terrorists, who pledged allegiance to the Islamic State, on Marawi City has galvanized the IS's Southeast Asian supporters and spells trouble for the region, a top terrorism researcher said.

Via Telegram, Western Union: How ISIS in Syria funded Marawi terrorists
by Natashya Gutierrez July 21, 2017
A report from the Institute for Policy Analysis of Conflict details how funds are transferred from the Middle East to the Philippines, and how foreign fighters are recruited to join the sieg.

100th soldier killed in Marawi day after gov't takes key bridge
by Carmela Fonbuena July 21, 2017
with the Video "Scenes from Marawi: Downtown destruction"
The death toll reaches the 3-digit mark a day after troops scored a major triumph in the battlefield. They gain control of Mapandi Bridge.

Gov't retakes Maute stronghold, Dansalan College, in Marawi
by Carmela Fonbuena July 04, 2017
The Philippine military claims it retrieved the cadaver of a foreign fighter believed to be from Singapore.

Marawi death toll: 82 gov't troops killed, 44 civilians slain
UPDATED July 01, 2017
Military operations continue in Marawi City, but the AFP says 'portions of 4 remaining barangays remain problematic'

Gov't prepares tents as temporary shelters for Marawi evacuees
by Patty Pasion June 22, 2017
P4,000 in cash will also be provided to each family to help them start a new life in Marawi.

Tent cities, mass graves readied as gov't troops clear Marawi
by Bobby Lagsa June 21, 2017

Brigadier General Ramiro Manuel Rey, commander of Task Force Ranao, says they are now coordinating with the local government unit leaders for the recovery and rehabilitation plans of Marawi

IN PHOTOS: Death and destruction in Banggolo, heart of Marawi
by Carmela Fonbuena June 29, 2017
'Lost in words. It's beyond evil.'

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Dela Rosa admits 'law enforcement failure' in Marawi
by Bea Cupin June 29, 2017
The PNP chief points to a 'local culture' where firearms are the norm and where the fear of rido or clan feuds is real.

17 decomposing bodies of civilians retrieved in Marawi
by Carmela Fonbuena June 28, 2017 - with video

The military believes these are Christians executed by the terrorists during the clashes. The fighting is now on its 37th day.

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Duterte: Don't hesitate to kill just because civilians there
by Paterno Esmaquel II June 29, 2017 - with video
'It is the duty of the civilians to flee or seek cover,' President Rodrigo Duterte says as the crisis in Marawi City rages.

IN PHOTOS: Marawi's evacuees
by Bobby Lagsa June 25, 2017

This is their story as they try to live normal lives in an abnormal situation.

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Fighting in Marawi displaces nearly 400,000
by Agence France-Presse July 01, 2017

Over 70,380 people have been housed in 79 government-run evacuation centers where relief officials are struggling to deal with outbreaks of illness

'Safe spaces' set up for women, children who fled Marawi
June 22, 2017

In these formal or informal areas, women and children can feel safe – free from violence, trauma, and threats.

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Marawi women's tale: We want to go home, but our homes are destroyed
by Heidi Anicete July 17, 2017
Two young mothers from Marawi recall the moment they fled the fighting, and how they are coping with life in evacuation centers.

Women's group seeks help for pregnant Marawi evacuees
by Patty Pasion July 05, 2017
The Center for Women’s Resources says pregnant women require proper nutrition and pre-natal check-ups which are not readily available in evacuation centers.

Marawi children need our help
by Fritzie Rodriguez July 01, 2017
Children in these areas need immediate psychosocial support. They are starting to live in constant fear, with a decreasing sense of normalcy.

European Commission gives P49-M aid for Marawi evacuees
by Rhaydz B. Baarcia July 04, 2017
The humanitarian aid will directly benefit over 50,000 people affected by the Marawi siege

Give dignity kits to Marawi women, senator tells gov't
by Jee Y. Geronimo July 15, 2017

'Even during normal times, nursing mothers, babies, pregnant women must have the best of care,' Senator Juan Edgardo Angara says.
Angara called for the implementation of a 2016 health department order that detailed the national policy on a minimum initial service package (MISP) for sexual and reproductive health in health-related emergencies and disasters.

Soldiers in Bicol raise funds for Marawi evacuees

by Rhaydz Barcia July 09, 2017
Members of the military in Bicol, who spearheaded the donation drive, thank Bicolanos for helping Marawi City

Duterte promises evacuees help to rebuild Marawi
June20, 2017

'Tutulungan ko kayo hanggang relocation. And then, we will rehabilitate ang Marawi. Gaganda iyon ulit,' says President Rodrigo Duterte as he visits evacuees staying in Iligan City

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P30 million allocated for emergency jobs for Marawi victims
by Patty Pasion July 19, 2017
The Department of Labor and Employment provides work for those displaced by the Marawi conflict. For 30 days, they will receive a daily minimum wage of P300.

AFP engineers to help rebuild Marawi
July 05, 2017
The 52nd and 54th Army Engineer Brigades will be the core units to be deployed once reconstruction efforts can begin in the city.

Duterte creates task force in charge of Marawi rehab
by Pia Ranada July 03, 2017
The 23-member Task Force Bangon Marawi is headed by Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana.
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.
Task Force Bangon Marawi was created through Administrative Order No. 3 , signed on June 28 but released to media only on Monday, July 3.
The day Marawi died
by Samira Gutoc June 16, 2017

Dear President, please do not blame the Meranaos.
My fingers tremble as I sit down to write about what I see and hear. But the lives of people are at stake, so I must write.

Help soldiers, civilians in Marawi through #OgopMarawi
by Raisa Serafica June 16, 2017 - with video

The Philippine Army's Civil Military Operations Group launches #OgopMarawi, its relief operations drive for affected civilians and troops in Marawi

Military knew Marawi terror plot as early as April
by Lian Buan June 13, 2017

Solicitor General Jose Calida reveals the government knew the Maute Group had been planning to attack Marawi to establish an ISIS province in Mindanao. Calida is the top lawyer defending President Rodrigo Duterte and his martial law proclamation before the High Court.

Suspect to be arrested for 'cyber sedition' related to Marawi crisis
by Pia Ranada June 13, 2017

DICT chief Rodolfo Salalima says his agency is tracking down more than one person spreading online propaganda to help terrorists in Marawi

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FAST FACTS: What is cyber sedition?
June 16, 2017

The Philippine government says it will soon be arresting one suspect for spreading terrorist propaganda online in relation to the Marawi crisis.

Government says it learned of Marawi siege plans in advance
June 14, 2017
Philippine Government officials said on Tuesday, June 13, an army raid was staged on a terrorist hideout after it learned days in advance of a plan by the Maute terror group to lay siege to Marawi City. Solicitor General Jose Calida said in a report that the government received intelligence information at least five days before the terrorists prematurely launched their bloody assault in Marawi City on May 23 after government forces raided the hideout of terrorist leaders led by Isnilon Hapilon.

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Marawi crisis death toll passes 300
by Agence France-Presse June 17, 2017
400 fresh troops are airlifted to Marawi City to reinforce government forces

AFP: No deadline to end Marawi crisis
June 14, 2017 By Ruth Abbey Gita
THE Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) will not impose a deadline to end the crisis in Marawi City, a military spokesperson said Wednesday.
"We will not set deadlines. We will ensure that we are able to clear it of any armed elements that still exist and it may take some time," AFP spokesman Restituto Padilla told Palace reporters.

Talks between Muslim leaders, terrorists 'not sanctioned by gov't'
by Pia Ranada June 27, 2017

Malacañang maintains that the government does not negotiate with terrorists after a supposed hostage swap proposal from the Maute Group.

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Palace denies Duterte considered deal with Maute Group
by Pia Ranada July 06, 2017
Malacañang reiterates the government's policy against negotiating with terrorists, though the Chief Executive himself had ordered an adviser to reach out to the group in the early days of the Marawi siege

Duterte: MILF not inclined to intervene in Marawi
by Pia Ranada June 29, 2017
With MILF intervention unlikely, President Rodrigo Duterte says the only way the Marawi crisis will end is if 'the last terrorist is taken out'.

MILF 'cautious' about proposal to negotiate with Mautes
by Carmela Fonbuena June 28, 2017 - with video

UPDATED 'I think that is too much for us. The issue in Marawi, especially in relation to the Maute Group, is so sensitive,' says MILF peace implementing panel chairman Mohagher Iqbal

Marawi crisis over in a week or less, says Lorenzana
May 27, 2017 - with video

(UPDATED) Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana says Isnilon Hapilon is still inside Marawi City. 'Hopefully, we will be able to get him,' the crisis will be over a week at most or next Friday, June 2, he adds.
"We expect it between 2 days to one week from now," Lorenzana told Rappler in Iligan City.
This means the military would have taken control of streets and buildings of Marawi City. "Either we neutralize them or they have run away," Lorenzana said.

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Military studying possibility of attacking Marawi mosques
by Pia Ranada June 05, 2017
(UPDATED) Maute Group members continue to stage attacks from Marawi mosques and madrasas, which are protected by international laws on cultural property during armed conflict.
The terrorists' use of mosques and madrasas as areas from which to stage attacks on government forces is a major reason why they continue to hold around 10% of the city under their control, said Padilla.

'200 to 250' terrorists hold out in Marawi City
by Carmela Fonbuena June 03, 2017
Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana and Armed Forces chief General Eduardo Año – martial law administrator and implementor, respectively – visit Marawi City on the 12th day of the crisis.

Moro youth group calls to end Marawi airstrike
by Lian Buan June 02, 2017
'The fact that the military made a mistake is enough reason to stop the airstrike,' says former human rights chair Etta Rosales
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Military may suspend air strikes after death of soldiers
by Pia Ranada June 01, 2017
Deploying more ground troops around the 'few' remaining Maute strongholds may be more effective than air strikes, says the defense chief

Lorenzana orders arrest of over 100 Maute members
by Lian Buan May 31, 2017
The order of Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, martial law administrator, is valid 'even outside Mindanao'

Lorenzana: Criminals, not NPA, target of martial law
by Bea Cupin May 27, 2017
Despite the back-and-forth between the CPP-NDF and defense officials, peace talks between the Philippine government and NDF continue in the Netherlands.

U.S. special forces back PH troops in Marawi
by Agence France-Presse June 10, 2017

(UPDATED) 'At the request of the government of the Philippines, US special operations forces are assisting the AFP with ongoing operations in Marawi,' says the US embassy.

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Australia sends spy planes to Mindanao
by Agence France-Presse June 23, 2017
Canberra, which has an extensive defense cooperation program with Manila, says two high-tech AP-3C Orion aircraft will provide surveillance support to the Philippine military.

Duterte on U.S. aid in Marawi: 'Nagpapasalamat na rin ako'
by Carmela Fonbuena June 11, 2017 - with video
President Rodrigo Duterte says it wasn't him who approached the United States to seek help for Philippine troops in Marawi City.
President Rodrigo Duterte grudgingly thanked the Americans on Sunday, June 11, for their assistance to the military in Marawi City, emphasizing that he wasn't the one who asked for their help.

US spy planes help Philippine troops quell Marawi siege
June 11, 2017
American spy planes are helping Filipino troops quell a nearly three-week siege by Maute terror group in Marawi City where 13 Philippine marines were killed in the biggest single-day loss for government forces, officials said Saturday.

U.S. provides 'technical assistance' to troops in Marawi – AFP
June 06, 2017
'We have an agreement with our US counterparts in terms of combating terrorism,' says Lieutenant Colonel Jo-Ar Herrera, military spokesman on the Marawi crisis.

Marawi crisis and the long road to normalcy
Carmela Fonbuena reports June 08, 2017

At week 3 of the war in Marawi, residents find themselves in different stages of their own battles trying to bring their lives back to normal.
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AP Exclusive: Video shows militants in Philippine siege plot
By JIM GOMEZ and TODD PITMAN June 07 2017 - with video
It was an audacious plot sketched in chilling detail with blue pens on the back of a paper calendar: Islamic militants in the Philippines, including one of the world’s most-wanted militant leaders, would take over a key southern city in their boldest attack to date.

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Video shows terrorists planning Marawi attack – report
June 06, 2017
The Associated Press has confirmed with the military that some of the men in the video are Abu Sayyaf senior leader Isnilon Hapilon and Abdullah Maute

11 kilos of shabu seized from Maute lair
June 19, 2017 By Ruth Abbey Gita Third Anne Peralta-Malonzo

Government troops seized 11 kilos of methamphetamine hydrochloride (shabu), several high-powered firearms, and an Isis flag inside a dismantled hideout of the Maute bandits in Marawi City.

MILF, Maute Group battle for legitimacy
by Carmela Fonbuena July 03, 2017 - with video

The mountainous town of Butig is host to an MILF camp where its founding leader Hashim Salamat is buried. It's also where the ISIS-linked Maute Group trained its fighters before they targeted Marawi.

The Maute Group and rise of family terrorism
by Rommel C. Banlaoi June 15, 2017

ISIS encourages terrorism in families experiencing frustrations, marginalization, and deprivation

Terror in Mindanao:
The Mautes of Marawi
By Carmela Fonbuena June 26, 2017

We tell the story of a family behind a homegrown terrorist group that most effectively spread the ISIS ideology in the Philippines.

Who is Cayamora Maute?
by Carmela Fonbuena June 06, 2017 - with video

His arrest is a blow to the homegrown terrorist group that attacked Marawi City, says the military
"Historically, the father provides funding and logistical support in terms of the operations of the Maute brothers," said Lieutenant Colonel Jo-Ar Herrera, military spokesman on the Marawi crisis.

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Maute patriarch moved to Camp Bagong Diwa
by Bea Cupin June 08, 2017
Cayamora Maute, whose sons lead a local terror group, is moved to Camp Bagong Diwa in Taguig past midnight.

Cayamora Maute transferred to Metro Manila
June 08, 2017 By Third Anne Peralta-Malonzo Ruth Abbey Gita
(Updated) The father of the Maute brothers, who pioneered the extremist group now battling state forces in Marawi City, was transferred to Metro Manila early morning Thursday to ward off the potential rescue plots

PNP to Maute brothers: Take care of hostages, we'll take care of your father
by Bea Cupin June 07, 2017
Cayamora, the patriarch of the Maute clan, was inside a van along with 3 relatives and a driver, as he was arrested on June 6

Who is Farhana Maute?
by Carmela Fonbuena June 10, 2017
(UPDATED) According to those familiar with her, Farhana 'is as notorious' as her sons Omar and Abdullah

Maute mother charged in CDO court for rebellion
by Lian Buan June 15, 2017
Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II also files another request with the Supreme Court to transfer the venue of detention and trial from Cagayan de Oro City to Taguig City

Maute mom tries to escape, nabbed in Lanao Sur
June 10, 2017 By Jigger J. Jerusalem
In her effort to escape from authorities, the matriarch of the Maute Group was arrested in a town in Lanao del Sur late Friday afternoon

Maute matriarch also arrested
by Carmela Fonbuena June 10, 2017
(UPDATED) The mother of the Maute terrorist group, Ominta Romato Maute, was arrested Friday evening, June 9.
Ominta is also known as Farhana.
Her two sons – Abdullah and Omar – are the known leaders of the notorious terrorist Maute Group that joined forces with the Abu Sayyaf faction of Isnilon Hapilon to seize Marawi City

The video: Mother of Maute leaders arrested in Lanao del Sur
The mother of Maute Group leaders Omar and Abdullah was arrested in Lanao del Sur Friday afternoon. Chiara Zambrano gives more details. ANC, June 10, 2017

Maute Group 'bomber' arrested in Cagayan de Oro
June 15, 2017
Brigadier General Gilbert Gapay, spokesperson of martial law implementation in Eastern Mindanao, said in a statement that Mohammad Noaim Maute alias Abu Jadid was arrested in Cagayan de Oro City early Thursday by a joint military and police team.

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Hapilon's close aide arrested in Zamboanga City
June 17, 2017
Hamsi Amajad Marani of the Abu Sayyaf Group is a bomber trained by an Indonesian Jemaah Islamiyah bomb expert, says the military.

Hunt for another Maute bomber ongoing
June 16, 2017 By Alwen Saliring
THE hunt is on for another Maute bomber, following the arrest of the terror group’s bomb expert on Thursday morning.
Police Regional Office (PRO) Northern Mindanao Director Agripino Javier identified the other bomber as Mohammad Reza Kiram alias Abdulrahman.

Alleged Maute sister, 2 others brought back to CDO after Iloilo arrest
June 19, 2017

The suspects are identified as Farida Pangumping Romato, Aljadid Pangumping Romato, and Abdulrahman Dimacuta.

Convoy carrying arrested Maute fighters ambushed
by Carmela Fonbuena June 11, 2017
UPDATED Several Maute group members are reportedly killed and a few policemen, injured, because of an ambush by an 'unknown group'
A police convoy carrying arrested Maute Group fighters was fired upon early Saturday night, June 10.
According to a police report, the convoy was at the boundary of Balo-i and Pantar towns in the the province of Lanao del Norte when they were ambushed.

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Police convoy ambushed transporting Maute members
Published on Jun 11, 2017
A police contingent taking four suspected Maute members to this city was ambushed in Pantar, Lanao del Norte, Saturday evening, the Northern Mindanao police said Sunday

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Duterte offers bounty vs Hapilon, Maute brothers
Published on Jun 5, 2017
President Rodrigo Duterte offered a multi-million peso bounty for the neutralization of Abu Sayyaf leader Isnilon Hapilon and the Maute brothers, Abdullah and Omar.

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Lorenzana: Hapilon hiding inside Marawi mosque
July 03, 2017 By Ruth Abbey Gita

Isnilon Hapilon still inside Marawi
by Pia Ranada July 03, 2017
Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana says the terrorist leader may still be hiding in a mosque in Marawi City.

Isnilon Hapilon may have fled Marawi City
June 24, 2017
2.nd UPDATE 'We have some reports that he was already able to slip somewhere'.
"These people are suicidal. Our assessment is that they will really fight to the end," says Brigadier General Restituto Padilla says Lieutenant General Carlito Galvez, head of the Western Mindanao Command

Hapilon is still in Marawi
June 09, 2017
Tunnels underneath houses and buildings are also found during clearing operations. They yield caches of arms and ammunition.
Military spokesmen maintained on Friday, June 9, that Abu Sayyaf senior leader Isnilon Hapilon is still in Marawi City, denying reports that he has slipped through the military dragnet.

Duterte offers P20M combined bounties for Hapilon, Mautes
June 05, 2017
AFP Chief of Staff General Eduardo Año says the President offers a P10M for the arrest of Hapilon, and P5M each for Abdullah Maute and Omar Maute

Who sponsored the Mautes?
June 07, 2017
HOW did the Maute Group raise resources for their siege of Marawi City? That, as of yesterday, was the P79.5-million question.
A band of Marines found P52.5 million in cash and P27 million worth of checks - including one that appeared to have been issued by a local government unit - in a house that the terrorists had taken over, then later abandoned. Authorities have yet to reveal who issued those checks, whether or not the cash was authentic, and how the Mautes got their hands on it.

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Marines recover P52.2M cash in house occupied by Maute
by Carmela Fonbuena June 06, 2017 - with video
Checks amounting to P27 million were also recovered

Marawi City ex-Mayor Fajad Salic arrested for rebellion
by Bobby Lagsa June 07, 2017

The former mayor of Marawi City, Fajad Umpar Salic, was arrested by the Misamis Oriental Police Public Safety Company on Wednesday night, June 7, in Barangay San Martin, Villanueva, Misamis Oriental.
Regional Police spokesperson Superintendent Lemuel Gonda said Salic was arrested for violating article 134 of the revised penal code.

Salic is related to the Mautes by marriage. His wife, Rasmia Salic, is the niece of Farhana Romato Maute, mother of Abdullah and Omarkhayyam Maute.

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Trapped Marawi residents dying of hunger?
by Carmela Fonbuena June 13, 2017 - with the video:
Kid reportedly died of hunger inside Marawi combat zone

The Marawi crisis enters its 4th week, but enemy snipers continue to prevent rescuers from entering Banggolo

Duterte to Marawi ex-mayor: Clear your name or I'll have you killed
by Pia Ranada June 10, 2017
President Rodrigo Duterte challenged Marawi ex-mayor Omar “Solitario” Ali to disprove accusations he let terrorists into his city.
If he doesn't, Duterte might order, not only his arrest, but his death.

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Duterte calls out ex-Marawi mayor linked to siege
by Dharel Placido, ABS-CBN News Jun 09 2017

Duterte warns former Marawi Mayor Solitario Ali not to show his face or he'll be shot: ‎Makipag-areglo ka muna kay Dureza
Jun 09 2017

Military won't meet June 2 deadline to end Marawi siege
by Pia Ranada June 02, 2017

The military says it will not suspend air strikes in Marawi.
Security forces will not meet the Friday, June 2 deadline set by Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana to gain full control of Marawi City from the terrorist Maute Group.

Military focuses on rescuing Marawi hostages
by Carmela Fonbuena June 03, 2017

'The primary concern of the military right now is the rescue of hostages. Eventually we will see to it that all the hostages will be rescued,' says Major General Rolando Bautista

Aguirre says it's possible to establish military courts in Mindanao
by Lian Buan June 01, 2017
Martial law administrator Delfin Lorenzana says military courts will be created 'if there's a need'
Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II said on Thursday, June 1, that military courts can be established if civil courts in areas under martial law are no longer functioning.
'Understanding of history' can correct anti-Muslim biases
by Paterno Esmaquel II June 10, 2017- with video

In an interview with reporters Wednesday, June 7, British Ambassador to the Philippines Asif Ahmad explained: "If people understand Filipino history, they'll recognize that the Muslims in the Philippines, as well as the Catholics and others, are Filipinos. They have a shared history. They have a lot to learn from each other."
"There is no interfaith conflict. There is a conflict between people who are religious and spiritual, and with people of no faith and no humanity whatsoever," Ahmad said.

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WATCH: Saving the Christians in Marawi
Carmela Fonbuena reporting June 04, 2017

On Day 12 of the Marawi Crisis, the provincial capitol celebrates the heroism of Muslims who helped shield Christians from terrorists.
Samantha Alonto, 14, could have walked out of the combat zone anytime.
But she opted to stay to help Christians trapped in areas controlled by local terrorists groups.
Her story shows that terrorists, for the most part, failed to drive a wedge between Muslims and Christians in the city.
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Survivors talk about fleeing Marawi City
Published on Jun 5, 2017
One of Marawi city's most respected politicians talks about hiding Christians in his home and leading people through downtown streets held by self-styled Islamic State fighters and strewn with rotting corpses, after scores of people ran to freedom on Saturday.

Marawi evacuees undergo stress debriefing, play therapy
June 08, 2017
The clashes in Marawi City have displaced 222,108 people as of June 7, according to the DSWD.
The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and other organizations have conducted stress debriefing for adults and play therapy for children exposed to the armed conflict in Marawi City.

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Marawi clash evacuees now volunteers
by Wendy Perocho Salva June 17, 2017
'I want to help the victims because I was also a victim,' says MSU-Marawi student Edward Borres who fled his city with fellow students two days after the clashes began.

House raises P13 million for Marawi victims
by Mara Cepeda June 19, 2017
Several lawmakers pooled their money to raise P13 million to help in rehabilitation efforts for victims of the Marawi City seige.
"We raised about P13 million, but I'd rather not give the names of donors so as not to place in a bad light those who did not or were not able to give," House Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas said in a text message on Monday, June 19.
Housing agencies ordered to use gender and dev't funds for Marawi
July 02, 2017
Agencies under the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC) have been ordered to use their Gender and Development (GAD) funds for women and children displaced by the Marawi crisis.
Cabinet Secretary Leoncio Evasco Jr says the funds will be used 'to address the particular needs of women affected by the conflict'.
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'Oplan Balik Eskwela' sa panahon ng martial law sa Mindanao
June 03, 2017
MovePH editor Voltaire Tupaz talks to Education Secretary Leonor Briones on the impact of the Marawi crisis on schools in Mindanao.
The clashes between the military and local terrorists in Marawi City, Lanao del Sur are affecting elementary and high school students in Mindanao.
About 5,000 learners fled the crisis-hit city with their families, the Department of Education (DepEd) said on Thursday, June 1, the 10th day of the clashes.

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Over 2,000 Marawi students back in schools, says DepEd
by Jee Y. Geronimo June 07, 2017
'Whatever their religion, whatever their belief, kung kanino man silang anak, lahat po ng bata ay tatanggapin natin sa ating eskwelahan,' says Education Assistant Secretary G.H. Ambat.
The Department of Education (DepEd) reported that as of Tuesday, June 6, 2,428 displaced students from Marawi City have already enrolled in different schools across 8 regions.

WATCH: Schools open doors for Marawi learners
by Jee Geronimo June 05, 2017 - with video
The education department urges schools to welcome transferees from Marawi City with open arms. Jee Geronimo reports.

At least 182 Marawi residents escape combat zone
by Carmela Fonbuena June 03, 2017
The rescued Marawi residents include 38 teachers trapped inside Dansalan College and separate groups totalling 144 Christians and Muslims.

Education failure in Marawi
by Anais Prudent June 02, 2017
Maute fighters were at some point regular 'Juans'. What got them off track should be our main focus, if we want history to someday stop repeating itself.

Maranao student helps build Muslim-Christian understanding in evacuation site
by Danielle Nakpil June 03, 2017
A young Maranao student-volunteer in an evacuation center in Iligan City builds a bridge of solidarity between Muslim and Christian evacuees and responders.

Duterte creates 'peace corridors' with MILF for Marawi residents
by Pia Ranada May 31, 2017

The 'peace corridor' is a secure space to allow the safe evacuation of Marawi residents, transport of goods, and retrieval of bodies, says the Palace.

PNP suspends permits to carry guns outside homes in Mindanao
by Bea Cupin May 27, 2017

The announcement comes almost 5 days after martial law was declared in Mindanao

Dela Rosa in Marawi: We must take control of the city
by Bea Cupin May 30, 2017

PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa, who once studied in Marawi City, visits cops there amid the battle against terrorists.

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Marawi Clash: Special coverage
May 25, 2017
e.g.: An evacuee's horrifying escape from Marawi with his pregnant wife and 3 children

Rappler brings to you updates on the ground from Marawi City, ground zero of the Maute Group's attack.
Five soldiers and 13 members of the terror groups were killed in the clashes, based on military reports. Up to 31 soldiers were wounded.
Clashes erupted on Tuesday as the military moved to hunt down Abu Sayyaf leader Isnilon Hapilon, who was spotted in Marawi City.
Watch updates from the Rappler team HERE.

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Marines bring down ISIS black flags in Marawi
by Carmela Fonbuena May 30, 2017 - with video
The military put on display the flags, 18 high-powered firearms, and other personal effects of the homegrown Maute Group

Marawi bishop in 'frustrating' wait for updates on hostages
by Paterno Esmaquel II May 28, 2017 - with video
'Frustrating sa amin na maghihintay ka ng wala,' the bishop says as the military has not updated him about a kidnapped priest and at least 12 companions.

Marawi retrieves bodies on streets amid air strikes
by Carmela Fonbuena May 28, 2017
The Lanao del Sur crisis management committee says 2,000 civilians remain trapped in areas controlled by terrorists.

Bodies sprawled on the street where the clashes began
by Carmela Fonbuena May 28, 2017 - with video

'Nakakatakot din 'yun kapag nakikita mo 'yung nakita namin doon na wala nang ulo sa Malutlut. 'Yung unang bakbakan doon. Christian siguro 'yun,' says a Marawi resident as he recalls the horrific scenes in some parts of the city.

19 civilians killed in Marawi siege – military
by Agence France-Presse May 28, 2017
Islamist militants locked in street-to-street battles with security forces in Marawi City have killed 19 civilians, these included 3 women and a child who were found dead near a university, the military d on Sunday, May 28, bringing the official death toll from nearly a week of fighting to at least 85.

Rangers rescue women, children caught in Marawi crossfire
by Carmela Fonbuena May 31, 2017 - with video

Different units of the military and the police are conducting this kind of operation throughout the Lanao del Sur capital to rescue about 2,000 trapped residents.

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Marawi residents swim to freedom - A most inspiring story of escape in Marawi
Jun 1, 2017
Watch this account of some Marawi residents who fought to stay alive as they escaped their war-torn hometown. Carmela Fonbuena reports.

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My parents told me to protect my Christian friends – Maranao student
by Patty Pasion June 02, 2017

Victims of the Marawi clash call on the public to stop spreading the notion that Muslims are terrorists

Propaganda shows Marawi priest echoing kidnappers' demand
by Paterno Esmaquel II May 30, 2017

'Do not be happy, Mr President, that we are the collateral damage of war,' Father Teresito Soganub says in a propaganda video after he was kidnapped in Marawi City.

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Maute's captive priest 'still alive'
July 03, 2017 By Third Anne Peralta-Malonzo
A MILITARY spokesman said Monday, July 3, that Catholic priest Chito Soganub -- among the hostages of the Maute group in Marawi City -- is still alive and is serving as cook of the terrorists.

Abducted priest seen alive as Mautes hold out in Marawi
by Agence France-Presse June 26, 2017
Father Teresito 'Chito' Soganub, a Catholic priest assigned to Marawi, was seen alive in a part of the city still in the hands of the Maute Group, the military says.

Terrorists in Marawi holding 'more or less 100' hostages
by Carmela Fonbuena June 08, 2017 - with video
Marawi priest Father Teresito Soganub is still alive, according to ground commander Major General Rolando Bautista.

Kidnapped priest made video message 'under duress,' says bishop
by Carmela Fonbuena May 31, 2017
'When you are a captive, you are not free to speak your mind. I hope the netizens would consider that,' says Bishop Edwin dela Peña.
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Chito Soganub: Hostage-priest in Marawi often mistaken for a Muslim
by Paterno Esmaquel II June 09, 2017 - with video

The priest kidnapped by terrorists in Marawi City, Father Teresito 'Chito' Soganub, is loved by both Christians and Muslims as he works for peace

Groups call for donations for crisis-hit Marawi
May 24, 2017
Here's how you can help residents of Marawi City, amid clashes between the Philippine military and local terrorists.
This page will be updated with information on how the public can help, as details come in.
Caritas Philippines appeals for donations for Marawi
May 29, 2017

Caritas Philippines, the social action arm of the Catholic Church, initially releases P300,000 to support the relief operations of the Diocese of Iligan social action center.

DSWD: Improvements needed in shelters for Marawi evacuees
May 31, 2017

'We need to improve our camp management to incorporate child-friendly spaces, breastfeeding nooks, prayer rooms,' and better manage evacuation centers as well as provide improved services to families displaced by the Marawi City crisis, says Social Welfare Secretary Judy Taguiwalo.

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How to help Marawi evacuees through DSWD
June 01, 2017
Those interested to help may send in-kind or cash donations to the Department of Social Welfare and Development

Aid reaches stranded residents in Marawi
June 02, 2017
'The DSWD continues to assist the affected families both in the evacuation centers and those staying outside evacuation centers,' Social Secretary Judy Taguiwalo says

In Marawi, the exodus continues
May 25, 2017 - with video CARMELA FONBUENA, REPORTING:
We are coming to you from Marawi City. It's the 3rd day of clashes between security forces and local terrorist groups.
The exodus continues. Coming here from Iligan City, we saw long lines of vehicles fleeing the city.
There is a feeling that this is not going to be over soon.

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Over 55,000 people forced to flee homes in Marawi
May 28, 2017
The Department of Social Welfare and Development says it will provide assistance even to evacuees staying in their neighbors' or relatives' houses

How a father fled Marawi to save kids, wife in labor
by Voltaire Tupaz May 27, 2017 - with video
Through social media, Agos eBayanihan, Tabang Sibilyan, and government help, a father brings his wife to a hospital in Iligan City, where she gives birth to a healthy baby boy.

At least 13 evacuation centers open for Marawi residents - DSWD
May 26, 2017
A total of P1.3 billion worth of stockpile and standby funds are also available, according to the Department of Social Welfare and Development.

Ahead of Ramadan, Marawi residents pray for lasting peace
May 26, 2017
Muslims who have decided to stay put in Marawi City will observe Ramadan amid gunfire and explosions.

Marawi residents flee clashes on Day 1 of Martial Law
May 25, 2017 - with video
President Rodrigo Duterte is already threatening to expand his Martial Law declaration to cover the entire country. If there's anything we learned, he doesn't make empty threats about martial law.

Thousands flee Marawi to escape clashes
by Bobby Lagsa May 24, 2017
People are packed in private and public vehicles with whatever possessions they can bring with them, some toting livestock and pets.

Balo-i residents band together to help Marawi evacuees
by Khrizel Aira Coronel May 27, 2017

It was late afternoon Tuesday, May 23, when Amer Riga and his family learned from close relatives in nearby Marawi City about the clashes between government troops and armed rebels. Later that night, he would learn from media that President Rodrigo Duterte declared martial law in Mindanao.
The Rigas lived in Balo-i, Lanao del Norte – a town between Marawi in Lanao del Sur and Iligan City. They knew it would only be a matter of time when fleeing Marawi residents would pass by Balo-i en route to Iligan.
The Riga family did not think twice to help the evacuees, and handed out food and cold water to those who passed by. They knew what it was like to be in their shoes.

Marawi: Images from a ghost town
UPDATED May 27, 2017 - with video
Correspondent Bobby Lagsa is one of the 3 photojournalists who are able to go around some parts of Marawi City on the 3rd day of the siege.
Marawi City’s Amai Pakpak Avenue has had more soldiers than residents. So have the other streets in the city proper. Since the military started hunting down members of the Maute Group and other terrorists on Tuesday, May 23, Lanao del Sur’s capital has been a ghost town.

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80% of Marawi evacuated, gov't vows 'maximum power'
by Carmela Fonbuena May 27, 2017
Almost all of the city's 200,000 population have evacuated to nearby Iligan City, says Lanao del Sur Vice Governor Mamintal Adiong Jr.

DSWD: Over 71,000 now displaced due to Marawi crisis
May 30, 2017
(UPDATED) From 55,095 people as of May 28, the crisis has orced a total o 71,115 people to flee their homes.
As of 6 am Tuesday, around 10,809 people or 2,261 families were staying in 20 evacuation centers.
Of the total displaced, around 60,306 people or 12,052 families are staying outside evacuation centers or with their relatives or friends mostly in Iligan City (3,620 persons or 724 families), Cagayan de Oro City (131 persons or 17 families), and Marawi City (56,555 persons or 11,311 families).
FAST FACTS: Marawi City
by Aika Rey May 29, 2017

As the clashes ensue, will we still be able to witness the beauty of the Islamic City of Marawi?

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FAST FACTS: Poverty in Mindanao
by Jodesz Gavilan May 28, 2017
Decades of armed conflict have hampered development in Mindanao, where most of the Philippines' poorest regions are located.
Clashes between government forces and members of the Maute Group forced thousands of families to flee Marawi City in Lanao del Sur.
Marawi clashes tear apart families, friends
May 27, 2017 - with video
CARMELA FONBUENA, REPORTING: Another day, another fire breaks out. On Day 5 of the Marawi crisis, almost all of the residents have evacuated the city.
For displaced Maranaos like Hayef, they keep on waiting – and wishing – for the skirmishes to end.
LANAO DEL SUR – As Ramadan begins, clashes in Marawi continue, tearing families and loved ones apart during what Muslims consider their holy month. Carmela Fonbuena files this report.
IN PHOTOS: Advocates light candles rejecting martial law
May 24, 2017
Groups condemn the declaration of martial law, saying 'it will only worsen the peace instability in Marawi City'
Advocates lit candles on Wednesday, May 24, in protest of the declaration of martial law rule in Mindanao, following the clash in Marawi City, Lanao del Sur.
In response to the declaration, Kabataan Partylist and Suara Bangsamoro organized the activity at the Mendiola Arch in Manila.

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Why solidarity with Mindanao requires opposing martial law
by Herbert Docena May 25, 2017
We need to block rather than support Duterte’s martial law in Mindanao in order to pave the way for a different kind of peace that will not just benefit Mindanaoans but all Filipinos

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Aguirre to SC: Let Luzon, Visayas courts handle Maute cases
by Lian Buan May 31, 2017

If and when cases are filed against members of the Maute terror group in connection with the crisis in Marawi City, Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II wants special courts in Luzon and Visayas – not Mindanao – to handle them. This is to protect members of the judiciary from threats.

Terror groups and clan wars: Mindanao's security threats
by Katerina Francisco May 31, 2017

The Maute Group is in the spotlight for its attack on Marawi City, but Mindanao has seen other security threats in its 27 provinces.

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Cardinal Quevedo slams terrorism as 'demonic ideology

Cotabato Archbishop Orlando Cardinal Quevedo slams terrorism as a 'demonic ideology' that is destroying friendships between Christians and Muslims, as clashes continue in Marawi City
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Cardinal Quevedo seeks help for Marawi evacuees

Cotabato Archbishop Orlando Cardinal Quevedo seeks help for evacuees from Marawi City, as well as those from broken families, victims of drug abuse, and other poor and neglected people

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CHR to Duterte: Rape is never a joke
by Jodesz Gavilan May 28, 2017
'Women, especially those poor and vulnerable who bear the brunt of the ongoing violence on the ground, are not objects of ridicule either,' says the Commission on Human Rights.
The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) condemned President Rodrigo Duterte's latest remarks about rape, made in front of troops, and reminded government forces that they must uphold human rights as they carry out operations against terrorists in Mindanao.

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CHR to Duterte: Be more considerate, stop rape jokes!
by Jodesz Gavilan July 19, 2017
The Commission on Human Rights says statements inciting violence against women are a cause for concern given that they come from the most powerful person in the Philippines.

Duterte's rape joke puts soldiers in a bad light – Robredo
by Patty Pasion May 29, 2017
Vice President Leni Robredo, who visited wounded soldiers, says it is 'unjust' to imply that troops can commit crimes.

Palace defends Duterte's rape joke as 'heightened bravado'
May 27, 2017
In a statement that does not mention the 'sickening' joke, Presidential Spokesman Ernesto Abella says the Philippine leader just exaggerates in his speech to drive home a point

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Philippines' Duterte makes rape joke for martial law troops
May 27, 2017
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte joked Friday that soldiers could rape up to three women, as he reassured them of his full support under his newly imposed regional martial law.

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Duterte hits back at Chelsea Clinton, reminds her of dad's Lewinsky
by Bea Cupin May 31, 2017 - with video
'When President Clinton was fucking Lewinsky… what was your statement or reaction?' says Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, fuming after Chelsea Clinton criticized his rape joke.
President Rodrigo Duterte lashed out at those who criticized him for joking about taking the cudgels for soldiers who would commit rape during martial law in Mindanao.
In particular, Duterte trained his guns on Chelsea Clinton, daughter of former United States president Bill Clinton and former secretary of state Hillary Clinton.
Bangsamoro member resigns over Duterte rape joke, martial law
by Pia Ranada May 31, 2017

Bangsamoro Transition Commission member Samira Gutoc-Tomawis quits after President Rodrigo Duterte's controversial remarks about soldiers raping women and his martial law declaration.

Lesson from '70s Jolo: War and martial law won't solve the problem
by Agnes Aliman May 28, 2017
'Our classes were interrupted by bomb explosions and gunfight.... Lives have been lost, but war and the declaration of martial law will never solve the problem. Not in a hundred years.'
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Justin Richmond on the radicalization of Marawi
May 24, 2017
Rappler talks to Justin Richmond, founder and executive director of impl. project and former US Army special operations team leader in the southern Philippines, focusing on stabilization, counterinsurgency, and information operations.

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Why PH needs a non-military solution to the ISIS problem
by Bea Cupin May 25, 201
An expert on counterinsurgency says development is key to avoiding radicalization in the first place.

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