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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

Duterte urges Maute members to surrender, wants to proclaim land reform in areas in Mindanao

President Rodrigo R. Duterte on Friday, May 11, pleaded with former Maute terrorist group members to stop fighting the government and instead help with its rehabilitation efforts in rebuilding the once besieged city of Marawi. “Huwag na muna tayo mag-away (let’s stop fighting,)” urged Mr. Duterte in a speech at the Marawi City Provincial Capitol […] The post Duterte urges Maute members to surrender, wants to proclaim land reform in areas in Mindanao appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: newsSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsMay 12th, 2018

From PH Rise, Duterte urged to proceed to Panatag, WPS

A maritime law expert is urging President Duterte not to make next week's visit to the Philippine Rise a "sideshow with colorful but empty utterances of protecting sovereignty and sovereign rights."   Jay Batongbacal, director of the University of the Philippines' Institute for Maritime Affairs and Law of the Sea, also said the President should extend his trip by proceeding to the West Philippine Sea (WPS) to show his "grit."   "He should show some grit and at least try to show that he is not leading the country into vassalage under China, in the same way that the military, through the current Balikatan Exercises, is thumbing its nose at China's creeping assertions ...Keep on reading: From PH Rise, Duterte urged to proceed to Panatag, WPS.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMay 12th, 2018

Duterte to Meranaws: “I will do what is best for you so do not hurry me up”

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 09 April) — President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday urged Meranaws, particularly those displaced from Marawi City’s Ground Zero, the former main battle area between government forces and the Maute Group (now refered to as MAA or Most Affected Area), to be patient and not to hurry him up because he wants […] The post Duterte to Meranaws: “I will do what is best for you so do not hurry me up” appeared first on MindaNews......»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsApr 9th, 2018

Zarate urges Duterte: Let Maranaos lead Marawi rehabilitation

Bayan Muna party-list Representative Carlos Zarate on Sunday urged President Rodrigo Duterte to heed the call of the people of Marawi to let the Maranao people lead the rebuilding of the city and not the business interests of local and foreign investors. Source link link: Zarate urges Duterte: Let Maranaos lead Marawi rehabilitation.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsApr 1st, 2018

Don’t let Marawi siege happen again, Marawi folk urged

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte has reiterated his call to the residents of Marawi City to be on guard against terrorism as the city rises from the ruins left by a five-month siege by the ISIS-inspired Maute group. Duterte encouraged the residents to revive their businesses as he promised that his administration….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsJan 31st, 2018

Major Indian firms to enter PH; $1.25B in business deals closed

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 28 January) —  Major Indian business players have expressed optimism to pour in investments in the Philippines despite the security threats after they forged $1.25 billion in business deals with their Filipino counterparts during the visit of President Rodrigo Duterte on January 24 to 26. The President announced this upon arrival […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsJan 28th, 2018

Duterte: Steadfast in adversity

A BATTLE in Marawi. Collapse of the peace negotiations with the communist rebels. And the continuing brutal crackdown on illegal drugs. President Rodrigo Duterte found himself in dire straits this year as he had to deal with more than a couple of major crises. Add to these the corruption allegations thrown at his family. Despite… link: Duterte: Steadfast in adversity.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsDec 31st, 2017

Be compassionate, DU30 urges pinoys

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

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsDec 22nd, 2017

Duterte: Remember Marawi heroes, displaced residents this Christmas

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

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsDec 21st, 2017

LIVE: President Rodrigo Roa Duterte confers the Order of Lapu-Lapu (Kamagi and K…

LIVE: President Rodrigo Roa Duterte confers the Order of Lapu-Lapu (Kamagi and Kampilan) medals to several soldiers who took part in the liberation of Marawi City and gives a speech during his visit at Camp General Teodulfo Bautista in Barangay Bus-Bus, Jolo, Sulu on December 1, 2017. Source link: LIVE: President Rodrigo Roa Duterte confers the Order of Lapu-Lapu (Kamagi and K….....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsDec 1st, 2017

View from the top

Members of the Ulama League and representatives of the sultanates of Ranao view the destruction of the surrounding areas from the top of the Jameo Mindanao Al-Islamie, also known as Islamic Center or Grand Mosque in Marawi City on 24 November 2017, their first visit in six months. The mosque was used by the IS-inspired […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsNov 26th, 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