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2,000 trapped as fighting rages

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TWO thousand fearful civilians were trapped on Sunday inside Marawi City where troops are battling Islamist militants, authorities said, as the death toll from almost a week of fighting neared 100. The military intensified a bombing campaign on parts of…

Free priest, other hostages, bishops urge Maute Group

CATHOLIC bishops based in Mindanao appealed for the release of Father Teresito “Chito” Suganob and several parishioners who were reportedly taken hostage by members of the Maute ISIS group. Cotabato Archbishop Orlando Cardinal Quevedo issued a statement appealing to the…

Reforms in telecom industry sought

SENATOR Win Gatchalian has sought wide-ranging reforms in the telecommunications industry to make Internet service in the country at par with international standards. He said stronger government regulation and genuine competition among stakeholders, plus technical innovation, will streamline the industry…

Snipers vs snipers

SNIPERS from the ISIS-inspired Maute Group slowed the advance of commandos from the Army, Marines and the Philippine National Police and troops were ordered to employ their own snipers to neutralize the enemy sharpshooters. Backed up by tanks, artillery and…

Drug money financed Maute group -- DU30

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THE narcotic trade helped make the Maute Group fighting government troops in Marawi City to thrive in Mindanao. President Rodrigo Duterte disclosed that the Maute Group was founded by two brothers (Abdullah and Omar Maute) who were former police officers…

Duterte offers olive branch -- Abella

MALACAÑANG yesterday called for prayers so that peace will reign in Mindanao in time for the observance of the holy month of Ramadan. "Together we pray for an end to terrorism that falsely claims to advance Islam and seeks to…

Let’s talk, Digong tells local terrorists

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BUT for his age and arthritis, President Rodrigo Duterte told soldiers he was willing to take part in the battle against the militant terrorists in Mindanao, but at the same time he invited the local militants to talks as he…

Martial law justified

JUSTIFYING his declaration of martial law in Mindanao, President Rodrigo Duterte said that the joint attack by the Maute and the Abu Sayyaf groups in Marawi city was a prelude to taking over the entire island. The President made the…

Foreigners involved in deadly Philippine urban battle — govt

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MARAWI -- Foreigners are among Islamist gunmen battling security forces in a southern Philippine city, the government said Friday as the reported death toll from four days of clashes climbed to 46. (The number is slightly higher than police figures)…

Casualties mount in Marawi fighting

FIGHTING between security troops and the Maute Group in Marawi City since Tuesday afternoon have already resulted in the killing of at least 44, over a dozen of them soldiers and policemen even as the Armed Forces and the Philippine…

Cops told to strictly respect human rights

ALL Mindanao police forces on Thursday were told to strictly observe human rights and ensure that the Police Operational Procedures will be followed to the hilt as they help enforce martial law in the region declared by President Duterte in…

Battle for Marawi rages

SPORADIC gunbattles between security forces and armed ISIS-inspired Maute Group members continued in Marawi City yesterday morning as officials said that at least 20 -- five soldiers, two policemen and 13 extremists -- were killed in the fighting that erupted…

Martial law proclamation ‘made in Russia’ -- DU30

MALACAÑANG has sent to Congress President Rodrigo Duterte’s official declaration of martial law in Mindanao. The copy of Proclamation No. 216 was received by the office of House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez at 10:26 p.m., nearly 24 hours since the President…

House awaits briefing

INSTEAD of holding a joint session, the Senate and the House of Representatives will have separate briefings from the Executive department on the proclamation of martial law in Mindanao. This was announced by Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas after reaching an…
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