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Marawi residents crying for justice fear extended martial law

MANILA, Philippines – If she can beg each and every lawmaker to reject the extension of martial law in Mindanao, she will. She attended the joint session of Congress on Wednesday, December 13, and spoke with anyone willing to listen.  She feared the harassment of ........»»

Category: newsSource: rappler rapplerDec 14th, 2017

SC already ruled that rebellion exists in Mindanao, says Calida

The extension of martial law in Mindanao has already been justified as the Supreme Court(SC) already ruled that President Rodrigo Duterte had "sufficient factual bases" in issuingProclamation No. 216, according to Solicitor General Jose Calida. Calida argued that Congress only extended Duterte's proclamation and that the SC had alreadyruled that the proclamation had sufficient factual basis to show that actual rebellion exists. The SC had received four petitions, all of which sought to declare the extension asunconstitutional argued that there was "no actual rebellion" in Mindanao, Marawi had alreadybeen liberated and that the extension would only lead to human rights violation...Keep on reading: SC already ruled that rebellion exists in Mindanao, says Calida.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 13th, 2018

‘Enemies of the state’ not safe in Mindanao — Digong

“YOU’RE safe in Manila but in Mindanao, you’re in my hands,” President Duterte declared as he warned anew the “enemies of the state” that they would no longer be safe in Mindanao which had been put under extended martial law after the Marawi siege. “In Manila, you’re safe, but remember….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsDec 22nd, 2017

TURNING POINT: Martial Law Mindanao II: A New Call for War

NAAWAN, Misamis Oriental (MindaNews / 14 Dec) – Martial Law was declared in Mindanao on May 23, 2017 in response to the Maute terrorist siege of Marawi City. It was extended for five months or up to December 31, 2017 to finish off the Maute uprising. By October or a month after the siege, Marawi […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsDec 18th, 2017

Marawi mayor welcomes extended martial law, says 500 ‘transitional shelters’ almost ready

Marawi Mayor Majul Usman Gandamra on Friday welcomed Congress’ approval of President Rodrigo Duterte’s request to extend the martial law imposition in Mindanao for another year. Source link link: Marawi mayor welcomes extended martial law, says 500 ‘transitional shelters’ almost ready.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsDec 15th, 2017

What’s at stake in Duterte’s re-extended martial law?

“We fear that the President wants to use martial law to escalate his bloody anti-illegal drug and counterinsurgency campaigns, crack down on dissent and intimidate the public into submission.’ The post What’s at stake in Duterte’s re-extended martial law? appeared first on Bulatlat......»»

Category: newsSource:  bulatlatRelated NewsDec 13th, 2017

Iligan rep says ML key to economic progress but Kabataan rep asks, ‘What about the rights violations?’

Iligan City Representative Frederick Siao, whose district has become the temporary home of displaced Marawi City residents, voted to extend martial law in Mindanao for one year, saying the recovery and rehabilitation of Marawi would not be possible if people's safety is not assured......»»

Category: newsSource:  interaksyonRelated NewsDec 13th, 2017

MY, MY, MY MARAWI: Erase Fear , No to extension of Martial Law

MARAWI CITY (MindaNews / 12 December) — Durog na durog na ang Marawi ano pa ang gustong mangyari. Nilait lait na, nabaril, nasunog na, di na nailibing ang madaming  katawan  tapos sasaktan ulit pa. .. We call on the Filipinos to stand against suffering in the displacement of half a million humanity, extending martial law […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsDec 13th, 2017

Bayan Muna warns of graft, corruption if martial law extended

MANILA, Philippines – Progressive group Bayan Muna on Monday, December 11, raised alarm over President Rodrigo Duterte's request to extend martial law in Mindanao, nearly two months after he declared Marawi City "liberated" from terrorists . In a statement, Bayan Muna Representative Carlos Zarate said the proposed extension could be used ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsDec 11th, 2017

From 60 to 588 days: AFP, PNP want martial law in Mindanao extended until end of 2018 but what is the basis?

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 09 December) — From two months to seven to 19. From an initial 60 days starting May 23, Day 1 of the Marawi Crisis and extended to 223 days until December 31, 2017, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) now want martial law in […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsDec 9th, 2017

Letters From Davao by Jun Ledesma

TERRORISTS THEY HAD IT COMING. Five Presidents offered the communist rebels and its armed militia peace but the settlements have not arrived into a fruition. The peace negotiation is done thousands of miles away and extremely is expensive. It is not a walk in the park in that if we consider the number of time the peace panel has to fly to the Netherlands every word can translate to a dollar. The last one is the 5th round  under the Duterte administration alone, and each round a new agenda and new demands are put across the table. It is an endless exercise and personally I am amazed at the patience of  Sec. Jess Dureza and Sec. Bebot Bello in what looks like a bumpy ride in theme park. In the meantime  police and military peace patrols are ambushed, in some cases the victims dead bodies are mutilated and if civilians happen to be along the path they are consigned to mistaken casualty. In an apparent affront to Pres. Rodrigo Duterte even the Presidential Security Guards are not spared. And what about the helpless corporate farms and road contractors’ equipment in remote areas that are being harassed and are set on fire for not paying the so-called “revolutionary tax”. I was told by a government official from Davao Oriental that even the PPP beneficiaries are also being taxed! What classic tomfoolery is this? At the height of the Marawi siege when the President was forced to declare martial law in Mindanao CPP chieftain Jose Maria Sison ordered the escalation of NPA hostilities against the government forces. If you do not call that a declaration of war it must be something’s  else. Still, Duterte hold his forces and another attempt at backdoor negotiation was dispatched. Before Jess and Joma could say hello, an infant was killed in an ambush in Talakag, Bukidnon. Talks were suspended and finally we are back in ground zero. President Duterte had declared the CPP/NPA a terrorist organization.  In hindsight, it is, or was, the peace negotiation that provided the Netherlands to continually extend Joma and his ilk the mantle of protection even as they were extended some degree of security for having been granted political asylum then. This, even as the CPP/NPA had been tagged by both America and the European Union as terrorist.  But time has changed. The reason for their escape to the Netherland, former Pres. Ferdinand Marcos, is now six feet below the ground. It is now President Duterte in the helm of the government and known for his closeness with the NPA rebels. But Duterte cannot allow that intimacy to be abused and his leadership insulted or ridiculed by Joma, his former professor. He is now President and the entire nation depends on him on how to address syndicated crime, corruption and radical insurgency. Duterte has goals to achieve and Joma’s antiquated ideology cannot be a deterrent to his government pursuit in achieving these objectives. Duterte made it clear to Jose Ma. Sison that neither government or any piece of the Philippine territory is subject to negotiations and demands.  But one thing is clear, and President Duterte is not reneging on his  promises and guarantees, members of the New Peoples Army may return to the folds of the law and live a normal life. Lands, housing and opportunities Duterte will give them. An offer which, I surmised, is not for eternity. After the terrorist tag there are only two options left for the members and  those identified and supportive of the CPP/NPA.  Lay down their arms and seek amnesty or continue with the armed struggle.  A refurbished Armed Forces of the Philippines is more prepared  now and ready to deal with those who cannot live in peace. (Jun Ledesma)   247 total views, 247 views today.....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanaoexaminerRelated NewsDec 8th, 2017

Marawi bishop backs martial law extension

MARAWI Bishop Edwin de la Peña is in favor of another extension of martial law, but only in specific areas and not in the entire Mindanao. “Not for whole of Mindanao, but perhaps we can understand if it is extended in specific areas,” de la Peña said over Church-run Radyo Veritas. “For me it is [...] The post Marawi bishop backs martial law extension appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsNov 26th, 2017

“Libreng Text and Tawag” extended to Marawi City

The free mobile phone service for residents displaced by the recent Marawi conflict is now available in the Islamic City of the South......»»

Category: newsSource:  kagay_anRelated NewsNov 25th, 2017

Martial law may be extended

AFP: Marawi still under threat Source link link: Martial law may be extended.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsNov 17th, 2017

Martial law may be extended

AFP: Marawi still under threat.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsNov 17th, 2017

MILF firm on demand, wants wider Muslim autonomy

COTABATO CITY – The Moro Islamic Liberation Front or MILF said it will not back down from its original demand to have a wider autonomy for minority Muslims in southern Philippines as it rejected anew any government offer other than an expanded territory, not even the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao or ARMM.   The MILF signed an interim peace deal with Manila in 2014 and has been pushing for the approval and ratification of the Bangsamoro Basic Law or BBL and other provisions stipulated in the accord -Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro and the Framework Agreement on Bangsamoro, including the establishment of the new Bangsamoro autonomous region.   The BBL was rejected by Congress during President Benigno Aquino’s administration after some of its proposed laws violated the Constitution. The MILF said it will not revisit the BBL and insisted on the original draft submitted to Aquino.   Many politicians and residents in the proposed Bangsamoro areas also rejected the BBL and wanted out of the deal, citing various reasons and the failure of the Aquino government and peace negotiators from both sides to include recommendations submitted by the provinces in the autonomous region.   The BBL was drafted by the 15-member Bangsamoro Transition Commission appointed by the MILF and the Aquino government.   If ratified, it will pave the way for the establishment of the Bangsamoro region that would replace the ARMM which is composed of Basilan, Sulu, Tawi-Tawi, Lanao del Sur and Maguindanao, including the cities of Lamitan and Marawi. The creation of Bangsamoro autonomous region would have to be decided on a referendum in the ARMM and in areas where there are large Muslim communities.   Let SC Decides on Unconstitutional Provisions   “The position of MILF is very clear. First, MILF will never accept an autonomy that is lower than the ARMM; secondly, the MILF will not accept an autonomy that is equal to the ARMM. The MILF only accepts an autonomy law that is better than the ARMM,” said MILF Vice Chairman Mohagher Iqbal.   Iqbal also suggested the BBL should be passed as it is and let the Supreme Court decides on its unconstitutional infirmities. “Yung BBL ngayon kung ako lang ang masusunod ang maganda diyan ipasa na nila ng walang bawas at walang dagdag. Hayaan nalang natin ang Supreme Court maghusga kung alin dyan ang unconstitutional,” he said. “And then kung maghusga ang Supreme Court, ipunin na lang natin yun dahil meron pang function ang BTC mag-propose to amend the constitution.”   He said the government offered the ARMM thrice to the MILF and three times it was rejected by the rebel group. He said: “Congress may opt to pass all the constitutional provisions and for Congress to amend the Constitution to accommodate unconstitutional substances on the proposed Moro law, and then later it will incorporate to the working of committee which will draft the federal system of the country.”   Provisions   According to the BBL, the purpose of the law is to establish a political entity, provide for its basic structure of government in recognition of the justness and legitimacy of the cause of the Muslim people and their aspiration to chart their political future through a democratic process that will secure their identity and posterity and allow for meaningful self-governance.   In the draft law, the following areas shall be included in new political entity – the towns of Baloi, Munai, Nunungan, Pantar, Tagoloan and Tangkal in Lanao del Norte and all villages in the towns of Kabacan, Carmen, Aleosan, Pigkawayan, Pikit, and Midsayap which voted in the 2001 plebiscite. And also included are the cities of Cotabato and Isabela, and contiguous areas where 10% of residents may petition for its inclusion into the new Bangsamoro territory.   And under its General Principles and Policies, it stipulates “in the exercise of its right to self-determination and self-governance, the Bangsamoro is free to pursue its political, economic, social, and cultural development; the Bangsamoro Government shall be parliamentary. Its political system is democratic, allowing its people to freely participate in the political processes within its territory; the Bangsamoro Government, consistent and suitable to its parliamentary form of government, shall adopt an electoral system which shall allow democratic participation, encourage formation of genuinely principled political parties, and ensure accountability.”   It further said that: “Governance in the Bangsamoro is the responsibility of the duly elected civilian government. Civilian authority is, at all times, supreme over the military. The Bangsamoro Government shall promote unity, peace, justice, and goodwill among all peoples, as well as encourages a just and peaceful settlement of disputes. The Bangsamoro abides by the principle that the country renounces war as an instrument of national policy, adopts the generally accepted principles of international law as part of the law of the land, and adheres to the policy of peace, equality, justice, freedom, cooperation, and amity with all nations.”   “The Bangsamoro shall adhere to the principle of enjoining what is right and forbidding what is wrong. The Bangsamoro shall establish a government that ensures that every citizen in the Bangsamoro is provided the basic necessities and equal opportunities in life. Social Justice shall be promoted in all phases of development and facets of life within the Bangsamoro. The Bangsamoro Government shall respect and adhere to all international treaties and agreements which benefited the Bangsamoro Government.”   President Rodrigo Duterte is also [&'].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanaoexaminerRelated NewsAug 12th, 2017

Duterte’s martial law: from 60 days to 222 days

UPDATED DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 18 July) &'8212; From a period of 60 days, President Rodrigo Duterte now wants martial law over Mindanao's 27 provinces and 33 cities extended until December 31, 2017 &'8212; or a total of  222 days &'8212; claiming that upon a &'8220;thorough, personal assessment&'8221; of the current situation in Marawi City [&'].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsJul 18th, 2017

Bato wants martial law extended to get narco-politicians backing Mautes

MANILA, Philippines - The need to ferret out narco-politician backers of the Maute militants in Marawi should justify an extension of the 60-day martial law.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 17th, 2017

Bombings in Marawi causing fear among Pantar folk

PANTAR, Lanao del Norte (MindaNews / 12 July) – Some residents of this town have developed fears of the daily aerial bombardment in nearby Marawi City where government forces are battling the Islamic State-inspired Maute Group, an evacuee said. “We can hear the bombs from here. The explosions are so loud especially at night, that’s [&'].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsJul 12th, 2017

Military unaware of ISIS prisoner swap demand

MARAWI CITY – The Philippine military said it was not aware of a deal offer by the local ISIS group in the besieged city of Marawi for a prisoner swap – a Catholic priest for the release of at least a dozen fighters, including the parents of the militant leaders facing rebellion charges. Militants are holding Fr. Chito Suganob and dozens of civilians since May 23 after they launched a daring raid in Marawi and now they wanted Cayamora and Ominta Maute freed in exchange for the priest. The demand was reportedly relayed by Abdullah Maute, one the militant leaders, to a group of ulama sent by the government to talk to the militants. Brig. Gen. Restituto Padilla, a military spokesman, said they have no information about the demand. The Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines said it is up to the government to decide on the sensitive matter. But Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre said the government does not negotiate with terrorists. The Western Mindanao Command also did not issue any statement on the ISIS demand and it was not immediately known whether Presidential peace adviser Jesus Dureza is involved or secretly negotiating with the militants for the freedom of the hostages. The militants also demanded that they be allowed to withdraw from Marawi. This was the same demand they made last month through Suganob who appealed on President Rodrigo Duterte to immediately withdraw thousands of soldiers from Lanao del Sur province. Suganob made the appeal in a video that surfaced on Facebook and the 5-minute clip went viral on social media. In the video, Suganob, the Vicar General of the Marawi prelature, said militants seized him, along with other church workers, including children and adults, mostly Christians, when members of the Maute group attacked the city. Behind the ruins of buildings destroyed in fierce clashes and the sound of sporadic gunfire, Suganob made an emotional appeal to Duterte to save all of them, saying, the militants are ready to die for their religion. He asked Duterte to stop military assaults, both in air and on the ground, and for security forces to quickly leave Marawi and Lanao del Sur, one of 5 provinces under the Muslim autonomous region. Below is the transcript of Suganob’s appeal: “Mr. President, I was taken as a prisoner of war together with one MSU female professor – the Mindanao State University – two lady church workers, two male teachers of Dansalan College Foundation Incorporated and five female teachers of Dansalan College Foundation Incorporated, along with us are about 200 carpenters, household helpers, children and youth and ordinary Christian settlers and other Subanon tribes with us as captives and as prisoners of war. Mr. President, we are in the midst of this war, we are asking your help to please give what your enemies are asking for – this simply am not asking for anything just to withdraw your forces away from Lanao del Sur and Marawi City and to stop the air strikes, your air attacks and to stop the canons. Mr. President, from out heart, please consider us. You know it is hard Mr. President from time to time we hear bursts of gunfire from the ground of your enemies, heavy firearms from your side, it’s hard. And Mr. President, we do not ask for anything, we just ask that you leave this place peacefully, do not give so much attack, the city in my background is ruined like this and Mr. President if you are in our place, you will really consider us because you’ll hear the outburst of gunfire and everything, bombs and canons. We are victims and Mr. President, if you have a good heart for us considering, Mr. President, about 240 prisoners of war are asking your good heart, please consider us, we want to live another day, we want live another month, we want to live few years, and in your heart, we know you can make something, they do not ask anything Mr. President after all this is their place give them the land and Mr. President, you are attacking from your heart, do not use violence because your enemies they are ready to die for their religion, they are ready to die and their laws will be followed in this place. Mr. President you are from Mindanao, you know the conflict in Mindanao, you know the problems and I hope Mr. President you understand them. I am also saying these things Mr. President because you know the history; they have the right to live here, they have the right to their own laws be respected and Mr. President, you cannot use force because they have their commitments, they will die for this, they are ready to die for this, Mr. President we ask you please consider us, we are in the midst of war, we are victims, do not be happy Mr. President that we are the collateral damage of war, we are already victims of heavy gunfire for seven days. Mr. President, if you want me to kneel before you just to have your heart in favor of our families, who are crying out there in different places, for our relatives and for those other 240, Mr. President we will do that. So Mr. President, I am asking you consideration.” There were no signs troops were pulling out from the city as clashes continue without letup. The army claimed nearly 300 [&'].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanaoexaminerRelated NewsJun 27th, 2017

Panelo: Assault on Marawi residents justifies martial law declaration

MANILA, Philippines — Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo insisted on Monday that President Rodrigo Duterte’s declaration of martial law in Mind.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 5th, 2017