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“Be a model of decorum,” Duterte, et al urged after major gaffes in Marawi mosque visit

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 12 September) &'8212; President Rodrigo Duterte and senior government and military officials are being urged to &'8220;be a model of decorum&'8221; following  major gaffes that offended many during their visit to the Islamic Center in Marawi City on Monday, Day 112 of the war between government forces and the Maute Group. [&'].....»»

Category: newsSource: mindanews mindanewsSep 13th, 2017

ISIS militants, hostages escape Marawi mosque

MARAWI CITY – Dozens of local ISIS militants and their hostages managed to escape undetected from a mosque they used to attack security forces in the besieged city of Marawi.  The daring escape was only discovered after troops managed to advance and eventually recaptured the mosque from militants on Thursday hours before President Rodrigo Duterte’s visit to Marawi. The military trumpeted the “liberation” of the mosque, but it did not say how ISIS fighters and their captives managed to escape from thousands of troops who surrounded Marawi, and spy planes and drones monitoring the siege since May 23.  The fate of the hostages, including a Catholic priest and church workers, remains unknown.  Duterte, wearing a Kevlar helmet and a bullet-proof vest, inspected troops in the battlefront and spoke to them. “The President also congratulated the troops for defending Marawi from terror elements and for successfully retaking the Islamic Center yesterday, a structure that was maintained as the Daesh-inspired terrorist group's command and control for the longest time before it was retaken,” said Army Captain Jo-ann Petinglay, a spokeswoman for the Western Mindanao Command.  It was his 3rd visit to Marawi since the fighting began when militants occupied the city in an effort to put up an Islamic province in the restive region. Security officials also briefed Duterte on the progress of the military operations against the militants.  In his talk with the soldiers, Duterte assured his full support to the military and police forces fighting ISIS. “I would like to reiterate this, I will never abandon you as long as you are doing the right thing. This would include fighting against the terrorists groups, the drug lords or the common criminals as long as you are doing your sworn duty to enforce the law and protect the republic. Let me emphasize however that you must do your job in accordance with the law,” he said.  Duterte was accompanied by National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon, Defense Undersecretary Cesar Yano, Armed Forces Chief of Staff General Eduardo Ano and Army Chief Lieutenant General Glorioso Miranda.  Oust Duterte  His visit to the battlefield came days after disgruntled soldiers and policemen who are members of a shadowy group called Patriotic and Democratic Movement or PADEM called for the ouster of Duterte. They accused Duterte of treating the military and police as his private armies and for betraying and violating public trust and cited 10 reasons to call for his ouster. The group also urged Filipinos to join PADEM in condemning and fighting Duterte and his administration and to stage mass actions and demand the President’s ouster. In a manifesto, Antonio Bonifacio, who claimed to be PADEM’s spokesman, called on members of the military and police to also join the people in demanding Duterte’s resignation and also his administration. It said the group is working for the withdrawal military and police support for Duterte.  “We urge all Filipinos as individuals and as groups in whatever social sector, field, institution or organization to exercise their right of assembly and expression to undertake mass actions demanding the ouster of Duterte and his administration. We call on our fellow officers and members of the AFP and the PNP to join the people in demanding the resignation or ouster of Duterte and his administration.” “We pledge to work for the withdrawal of military and police support for Duterte and his administration in conjunction with mass mobilization of the Filipino people in millions to manifest their demand for the resignation or ouster of Duterte and his administration. Upon the change of administration, we pledge to follow the principle of civilian supremacy and support a new civilian administration, in accordance with the 1987 Constitution and the rule of law,” the manifesto, released by Bonifacio – believed to be a nom de guerre – said. PADEM also condemned and holds accountable for gross crimes in betrayal of public trust and in violation of national sovereignty and democratic rights of the Filipino people. It cited the following reasons as alleged crimes of Duterte:   Treating the AFP and the PNP as these were his private armies and practising favoritism and violating professional and service standards in the promotion and assignment of officers; Corrupting the PNP and the AFP with a system of monetary awards for the extrajudicial killing of alleged illegal drug users and of NPA suspects; Condoning and protecting top-level illegal drug lords; Emboldening/inciting police officers to engage in extrajudicial killings of poor suspected illegal drug users and pushers by publicly telling officers to plant evidence and by guaranteeing their pardon and promotion in case of conviction; Aggravating corruption in government and criminality through the collusion of Duterte trustees and crime syndicates; Allowing China to occupy maritime features in the West Philippine Sea and to violate Philippine sovereign rights upheld by decision of the Arbitral Tribunal in accordance with the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea; Bungling the operations in Marawi City and indiscriminately destroying lives and property through aerial bombings, artillery and mortar; Favoring certain Chinese businessmen and Duterte relatives and cronies in the award of projected infrastructure projects using loans from China; Betraying the sovereign rights of the Filipino people by making the Philippines a debt vassal of China and offering to China the oil and gas resources under the West Philippine Sea as collateral for Chinese loans; and Seeking to replace the partnership with the United States in matters [&'].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanaoexaminerRelated NewsAug 25th, 2017

Rody defends visit to Marawi Grand Mosque

MANILA, Philippines — There was no intent to dishonor Islam when President Duterte, along with top defense and military officials, stepped inside the Grand M.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 13th, 2017

Return to Marawi

President Rodrigo Duterte returned to Marawi City on Friday, 04 August 2017, exactly 15 days since his first visit. Friday's visit was at the Tactical Command Post of the Joint Special Operations Task Force Trident in Barangay Kilala, Marawi City. The President brought along groceries and watches for the troops and urged them to remain [&'].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsAug 4th, 2017

China envoy in North Korea visit, Trump hails ‘big move’

BEIJING -- A top Chinese envoy landed in North Korea on Friday in a trip hailed as a "big move" by US President Donald Trump, who has urged Beijing to pile pressure on its nuclear-armed ally. Diplomat Song Tao is visiting the Northon behalf of President Xi Jinping to brief officials on the recent Chinese Communist Party congress and other "issues of mutual interest", foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said. He is the first major Chinese envoy to visit Pyongyang in more than a year with ties severely strained between the two countries. Analysts expect Song to address the nuclear standoff, which has roiled relations between the two Cold War-era allies as China has backed U...Keep on reading: China envoy in North Korea visit, Trump hails ‘big move’.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 18th, 2017

Palace on Trump mispronouncing Duterte’s name: ‘No slight taken’

Malacaangon Thursdayshrugged off the mispronunciation of United States President Donald Trump of President Rodrigo Duterte's name during a White House press briefing.   During the briefing, Trump pronounced Duterte as "Duarte" in a video tweeted by the Department of State.   "During our visit, President Duarte of the Philippines thanked the American people and our armed forces for supporting the recent liberation of Marawi from ISIS," he told reporters.   Sought for comment, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said it did not take offense with Trump's mispronunciation.   "No slight taken, you know. I think that's another commonality betwe...Keep on reading: Palace on Trump mispronouncing Duterte’s name: ‘No slight taken’.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 16th, 2017

China to donate P1.1 billion for Marawi rehabilitation

MANILA, Philippines – China is donating 150 million renminbi yuan or P1.15 billion for the rehabilitation of war-torn Marawi City,  Chinese Premier Li Keqiang announced during his official visit to the Philippines on Wednesday, November 15. Li made the announcement in his joint statement with President Rodrigo Duterte after their bilateral meeting in ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsNov 15th, 2017

Abp Valles on drug-related killings: “inspire the police” to adhere to rule of law

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 05 November) – Davao Archbishop Romulo Valles will take over as President of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) on December 1 with the bloody war on drugs still a major issue confronting the Catholic church and the Duterte administration. Drug-related killings are “terrible,” Valles said as he urged […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsNov 6th, 2017

Manila to focus on terrorism at Southeast Asian summit, urge greater cooperation – TODAYonline

Manila to focus on terrorism at Southeast Asian summit, urge greater cooperationTODAYonlineMANILA – Two weeks ahead of a regional summit, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday urged greater cooperation to battle Islamist militancy, following military victories in Iraq, Syria and the southern Philippine city of Marawi. Philippine … and more » Source link link: Manila to focus on terrorism at Southeast Asian summit, urge greater cooperation – TODAYonline.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsNov 2nd, 2017

Duterte to urge greater cooperation vs. terror at ASEAN Summit –DFA

Two weeks ahead of ASEAN Summit, President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday urged greater cooperation to battle Islamist militancy, following military victories in Iraq, Syria and the southern Philippine city of Marawi. Source link link: Duterte to urge greater cooperation vs. terror at ASEAN Summit –DFA.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsNov 2nd, 2017

Mindanao biz leaders eye more exports after Duterte’s Japan visit: urge Japanese investors to invest in Marawi

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 29 Oct) — Business leaders from Mindanao are hoping the working visit of President Rodrigo Duterte in Japan on October 29 to 31 will open up more opportunities for Mindanawon exporters and encourage Japanese businessmen to invest in Marawi City. Duterte is set to leave this city for Japan on Sunday […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsNov 2nd, 2017

Marawi again

President Rodrigo Duterte inspects a nipa hut built by Army engineers for evacuees at the evacuation camp in Barangay Bito Buadi Itowa in Marawi City on Monday, Oct. 2, 2017, Day 133 of the Marawi Crisis. This is the President's sixth visit to Marawi. He, however, did not meet with the evacuees nearby who were [&'].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsOct 2nd, 2017

Duterte’s war-time visits: five times in Marawi for troops; only once for ‘bakwits’

MindaNews (22 Sept) &'8212; Two days after he said he will be &'8220;going to Marawi any day soon,&'8221; President Rodrigo Duterte did on Thursday, September 21, Day 122 of the Marawi Crisis, his fifth visit to his troops which came 10 days after his fourth. Duterte, whose Presidential campaign slogans included &'8220;TAMA si Duterte&'8221; (Duterte [&'].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsSep 24th, 2017

Duterte’s war-time visits: five times in Marawi for troops; only once for ‘bakwits’

MindaNews (22 Sept) &'8212; Two days after he said he will be &'8220;going to Marawi any day soon,&'8221; President Rodrigo Duterte did on Thursday, September 21, Day 122 of the Marawi Crisis, his fifth visit to his troops which came 10 days after his fourth. Duterte, whose Presidential campaign slogans included &'8220;TAMA si Duterte&'8221; (Duterte [&'].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsSep 24th, 2017

All smiles

President Rodrigo Duterte returned to Marawi on 21 September 2017, Day 122 of the Marawi Crisis, his fifth visit to Marawi since the armed clashes with the Maute Group started on May 23. Accompanying the President were Defense Secretary Delfin Loorrenzana, Presidential Adviser on Military Affairs Arthur Tabaquero, Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Chief [&'].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsSep 21st, 2017

Marawi war victims unite, threaten to launch ‘holy war’

&'160; MARAWI CITY – A shadowy group calling itself the “Meranaw Victims Movement” has threatened to launch its own jihad or holy war if a set of demands, among them government compensation for the destruction of Marawi and the victims of war between security forces and local IS militants in the besieged city in southern Philippines. Speaking in Arabic, the group &'' comprising about 3 dozen masked gunmen &'' released a 14-minute video and statement on social media and stated the following demands: First, we would like to ask our kinsfolk from among the so-called ISIS/Maute Group to leave Marawi City at once and free their hostages, Muslims and Christians alike; Second, we would like to ask the Philippine Government, especially President Rodrigo Duterte, the following – to allow the civilians to return to their homes in areas in Marawi City that were already cleared by the military; stop the aerial bombings of Marawi City if only to salvage houses or buildings that may not have been destroyed yet; stop the abuses of some military and police personnel at checkpoints and accord respect to civilians, especially the women. And ease the access to and from Marawi City, especially the roads through the village of Maliwanag so that people in the 1st District of Lanao del Sur would have better and convenient road access; secure the remains of civilians so they may not be mixed with the garbage in the process of military clearing operations and so that they may be given proper burial even if only skeletons are left of them; to provide immediate appropriate material and financial support to all wounded civilian victims similar to the support being provided by the government to wounded military and police personnel; compensate for the damaged houses and buildings, wasted goods and merchandise of civilians and provide for their livelihood as well. And to rebuild or rehabilitate the mosques and madrasahs and other destroyed structures that represented the Meranao culture and heritage; importantly, the government should not make any hint that it would occupy the land of the Meranaws on the basis of military reservation, instead it should help legitimate owners to have their respective land titles; and for the military and police personnel to avoid occupying mosques and madrasahs. It also demanded from local politicians to account for all the relevant government funds such as the Calamity Fund and all other assistance and donations, and ensure transparent and equitable implementation or spending of the same. And has urged the rebel group Moro Islamic Liberation Front to support its demands by ensuring that these reach all those concerned. The Meranaw Victims Movement strongly denied that locals &'' whom the government and authorities blamed for allowing militants to build up forces and occupy the city &'' condone the violence and said it is willing to face off with IS fighters in an effort to drive out the gunmen. It also blamed local leaders as responsible for failing to prevent the IS attacks. “First, we did not conform with the using of Marawi City as sanctuary neither did we approve of what some of our kinsfolk who claimed to be ISIS/Maute Group did which ignited the war in Marawi City that has brought about grave sufferings to the Meranaw people. Second, we deem unacceptable the actions of the Government that caused the displacement of tens of thousands and deaths of several civilians due to the aerial bombings and use of heavy armaments in Marawi City which are among those prohibited under International Humanitarian Law.” “Third, we hold our local leaders, past and present alike, responsible for failing to prevent the ISIS/Maute Group from carrying out their plan since they were fully aware of the group’s presence in the city prior to the siege, and for literally forsaking the civilians like orphans in the midst of great danger during the onset of the siege on May 23, 2017. Fourth, we are dismayed with the MILF since, until now, nothing was heard of them, let alone have they made a categorical position on the current Marawi crisis,” it said. If all the demands are not met, the group said it will take actions not only against IS militants, but the Duterte government as well. “To our ISIS/Maute Group kinsfolk, if you would not heed our call, we would be compelled to face you because by then you no longer care for the welfare of the people and you did not only fail to realize but have violated the essence of Jihad in Islam. To the Government, this will be the last time that we will ask in relation to previous demands of various sectors of the Meranaw society, and that if the foregoing demands will fall to deaf ears, likewise, we will be compelled to fight for our rights that have been trampled upon and that Jihad becomes our legitimate recourse.” “To our leaders, should we find out that you defraud or corrupt the assistance and support intended for the evacuees, we will unrelentingly pursue until we take them for the people in whatever means possible. To the MILF, take note that the demand for the approval of the BBL becomes irrelevant if the key area where it should be implemented would no longer be in the hands of the Meranaw, and that by then the support of the people of Lanao becomes weak in time that [&'].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanaoexaminerRelated NewsSep 20th, 2017

English Articles

Duterte says with boots on, sans jihab inside mosque in Marawi not meant to disrespect Islam.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manila_shimbunRelated NewsSep 13th, 2017

DUTERTE TRANSCRIPTS: 4th visit to Marawi. 11 Sept 2017

(Note from MindaNews: This is the official transcript of President Rodrigo Duterte's speech, released by the Presidential News Desk of the Presidential Communications Office. Translation also by the PND). Presidential Communications Office Presidential News Desk SPEECH OF PRESIDENT RODRIGO ROA DUTERTE DURING HIS VISIT TO MARAWI CITY [Delivered at Battleground Command Post, Marawi City &'124; [&'].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsSep 13th, 2017

Duterte promises Marawi troops vacations in Hong Kong, visit by celebrities

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 12 September) &'8212; President Rodrigo Duterte visited Marawi City for the fourth time on Monday, Day 112 of the Marawi Crisis, gave away cigarettes and other goodies to troops, promised them vacations in Hongkong after the war but will bring in, soon, celebrities who helped him during the Presidential campaign, eliciting [&'].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsSep 13th, 2017

Duterte defends need to wear boots in Marawi mosque

Duterte defends need to wear boots in Marawi mosque.....»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsSep 13th, 2017

Duterte on wearing boots inside Marawi mosque: It was not meant to disrespect

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday answered accusations of religious insensitivity against him after he and other government offici.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 13th, 2017