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Duterte won t visit Marawi for siege anniversary – Bong Go

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte will not visit Marawi to commemorate the first year of the Marawi siege, said Special Assistant to the President Bong Go. Go said on Wednesday, May 23, that Duterte would rather visit the city later this year to mark the first anniversary of the liberation of ........»»

Category: newsSource: rappler rapplerMay 23rd, 2018

Duterte snubs Marawi event

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte did not show up yesterday at Marawi City, skipping all activities lined up to commemorate the first anniversary of the bloody siege. Special Assistant to the President Bong Go said Duterte does not want to “honor” the day the ISIS-linked Maute group attacked the city and took….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsMay 23rd, 2018

Zubiri wants Bangsamoro bill passed on Marawi siege anniversary

MANILA, Philippines – Mindanaoan Senator Juan Miguel Zubiri is eyeing the Senate passage of the long delayed bill creating a new Bangsamoro region on May 23, the  first anniversary of the bloody Marawi siege. (READ: Lawmakers tell Duterte they'll pass BBL by end of May ) "I will try to pass the BBL (Bangsamoro Basic Law) by ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsApr 3rd, 2018

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

Duterte eyes Marawi visit on 1st anniversary as President

Duterte eyes Marawi visit on 1st anniversary as President.....»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJun 28th, 2017

Mindanao under martial law

Duterte cuts Russia trip short to oversee siege of Marawi By BEN R. ROSARIO and GENALYN D. KABILING MOSCOW, Russia — President Duterte, on a working visit here, placed the whole of Mindanao under martial law last night to suppress lawless violence and rebellion, following the deadly siege of the Maute terror group in Marawi [&'].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mb.com.phRelated NewsMay 23rd, 2017

Amid 'NasaanAngPangulo, Bong Go brings fake Duterte to entertain evacuees

Special Assistant to the President Bong Go gave the floor to a voice impersonator of the president during a visit to evacuees in Marikina, as seen in video clips shared on social media. Go’s visit was amid Filipinos asking online about the whereabouts of President Rodrigo Duterte using the hashtag #NasaanAngPangulo as villages are inundated […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  interaksyonRelated NewsAug 15th, 2018

China donates boats and grenade launchers to Philippines

File photo: President Rodrigo Duterte inspects firearms together with Eduardo Ano, Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), during his visit at the military camp in Marawi city,.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsJul 30th, 2018

Duterte signs Bangsamoro law

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte has signed the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL), Malacañang confirmed on Thursday. The confirmation came from Palace spokesman Harry Roque Jr. and the President’s special assistant, Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go. Duterte mentioned the signing of the law during his visit to Labuan, Zamboanga City fire victims. In a speech during the 69th Araw… link: Duterte signs Bangsamoro law.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsJul 26th, 2018

EDITORIAL - Into the third year

In the past 12 months, President Duterte ended a protracted siege in Marawi by Maute terrorists and imposed martial law for a year in Mindanao......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 22nd, 2018

Bong Go blames opposition, critics for PH as ‘province of China’ tag

  KORONADAL CITY, SOUTH COTABATO --- President Duterte's special assistant blamedFridaythe President's critics for the banners welcoming visitors to the Philippines as a "province of China." The banners hanged on several footbridges in Metro Manilaon Thursday. Bong Go, who attended the opening of South Cotabato's T'nalak Festival and the 52nd foundation anniversary celebration here, told reporters President Duterte was aware of the banners as he already saw on television reports. The banners that read "Welcome to the Philippines, Province of China" made their appearance in time for the second anniversary of The Hague's ruling that invalidated China's claim to nearly ...Keep on reading: Bong Go blames opposition, critics for PH as ‘province of China’ tag.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 13th, 2018

Duterte eyes Sept. visit to Kuwait

President Rodrigo Duterte may visit Kuwait in September, Special Assistant to the President (SAP) Christopher Bong Go said. “The government is currently working with the Kuwait government to determine mutually agreeable dates for the visit, which may happen in September,” Go said. The Philippines and Kuwait recently signed an agreement to ensure the protection of […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsJun 25th, 2018

Duterte to distribute land titles in Iloilo

PRES. Rodrigo Duterte will lead the distribution of certificates of land ownership award (CLOA) to agrarian reform beneficiaries in Western Visayas at Cabatuan Multi-Purpose Gym, Iloilo on June 20, 2018. Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR-6) assistant regional director Gideon Umadjay Jr. confirmed the President’s visit which is part of the 30th anniversary of the Comprehensive […] The post Duterte to distribute land titles in Iloilo appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated NewsJun 14th, 2018

Drug war, Marawi pull down PH in Global Peace Index

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte's bloody anti-drug campaign and the 5-month siege in Marawi City pulled down the Philippines' ranking in the 2018 Global Peace Index. The Philippines slid one place to 137th out of 163 countries in the 2018 index, from 136th in the previous index. The country also ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJun 7th, 2018

Marawi Year One: Some Notable Reports

THE FIRST year anniversary of the siege of Marawi occasioned several reports and specials aired in primetime newscasts from May 21 to May 27. These included a chronology of the country's longest ur.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsJun 4th, 2018

Marawi Year One: Some Notable Reports

THE FIRST year anniversary of the siege of Marawi occasioned several reports and specials aired in primetime newscasts from May 21 to May 27. These included a chronology of the country's longest ur.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsJun 3rd, 2018

New Zealand Gives P18-M Humanitarian Assistance to Marawi

The New Zealand government is coursing an PHP18-million humanitarian assistance to the affected people in Marawi conflict, through the World Food Programme. The announcement was made by New Zealand Ambassador David Strachan on Thursday, following the first year anniversary of the siege on Wednesday (May 23). “New Zealand recognizes the magnitude of the challenges confronting […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  metrocebuRelated NewsMay 26th, 2018

Infra programs launched to mark 1st anniversary of Marawi siege

Local sectors capped off the first anniversary of the deadly conflict in Marawi City with the launching Thursday of more projects to help residents bounce back from devastation. Source link link: Infra programs launched to mark 1st anniversary of Marawi siege.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsMay 25th, 2018

Infra programs launched to mark 1st anniversary of Marawi siege

Local sectors capped off the first anniversary of the deadly conflict in Marawi City with the launching Thursday of more projects to help residents bounce back from devastation......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 25th, 2018

Duterte: PH ‘winning the war’ against communists

DAVAO CITY, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte said the country is succeeding in its war against the communist insurgency, which the military tagged as its goal after the bloody siege in Marawi. In his speech Thursday, May 26, Duterte cited the military for rearresting Elizalde Cañete , the successor of the ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsMay 24th, 2018

Hunger Hangs Over 200,000 Marawi Siege Bakwits

Hunger hangs over the heads of around 230,000 'bakwits' of Marawi City, Lanao del Sur, like the 'Sword of Damocles' as food supply is falling. On the first anniversary on May 23.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsMay 24th, 2018