Category Archives: Marawi crisis

Ground Zero

The military opened portions of Marawi City’s Ground Zero on 25 October 2017 for journalists to see what it took to liberate the country’s lone Islamic City from ISIS-inspired terrorists after five months of fighting. MindaNews photo by MANMAN DEJETO Read story   

DSWD vows 24/7 presence in Marawi to win “hearts and minds of evacuees”

MARAWI CITY (MindaNews / 25 October) – The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) will establish a 24/7 presence here to work on “the other Ground Zero — the hearts and minds of the evacuees,” Acting Social Welfare Secretary Emmanuel Leyco said. While other government agencies are building transitional shelters, the DSWD will “rebuild […]

End of conflict, assurance of gov’t support in Marawi rehab help rebuild investors’ confidence in Mindanao

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 25 Oct) – PRIME Philippines, a commercial real estate consultancy firm, said that the end of the Marawi siege and the assurance from the government for rehabilitation will help rebuild investors’ confidence in Mindanao. Raphil Saguan, an associate of PRIME Philippines handling capital markets and investments, told reporters Wednesday that they […]


Buildings lay in ruins after the five-month battle to retake Marawi City from ISIS-inspired terrorists. Photo taken Tuesday (24 October 2017). MindaNews photo by MANMAN DEJETO

Marawi Tragedy is a humanitarian concern – Abbas

FROM: RANAO STAR PHILIPPINES Sultan Abbas told EU officials: “There must be something wrong” on the Peace Process MANILA, October 17 — Sultan Firdausi Ismail Yahya Abbas, Sultan of Lanao and Chairman of the Executive Council of the Bangsa Mranaw Congress (BMC) met last October 13, 2017 with officials of the European Union in Brussels, Belgium … Continue reading Marawi Tragedy is a humanitarian concern – Abbas

“Peace in Our Hearts” coloring book for displaced Marawi kids now available

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/14 Oct) — The Ateneo de Davao University’s Center of Psychological Extension and Research Services (ADDU COPERS) has released an age-appropriate, culturally sensitive, and peace-centered coloring book to help Marawi’s children evacuees. Dubbed “Peace in Our Hearts,” the coloring book is the second COPERS fundraiser for “Hearts for Marawi” and costs 100 pesos […]

8 of 17 Marawi hostage survivors reunited with families

DAVAO  CITY (MindaNews / 13 October) —  Of the 17 hostages of the Maute Group who were rescued by government forces early morning of October 4 in Marawi City, only eight — all of them female — have been reunited with their families. “All women already reunited with their families,” Col. Romeo Brawner, Deputy Commander […]


President Rodrigo Roa Duterte salutes 2Lt. Harold Mark Juan as the President posthumously awarded the Order of Lapu-Lapu Kalasag Rank to the fallen soldier during the wake at the Libingan ng Mga Bayani in Taguig City on October 13, 2017.  Juan was killed by a sniper from the Maute Group as government troops were trying […]

Marawi ‘bakwits’ told they’d transfer to Sagonsongan soon but where are the houses?  

SAGONSONGAN, Marawi City (MindaNews / 12 October) — “Come back here on Tuesday,” the Korean contractor told MindaNews Friday afternoon, exuding with confidence that four houses made of “sandwich panels” would have been installed in this transitional shelter site a kilometer away from the welcome arch of the country’s lone Islamic City. On Tuesday noon, […]

No Lullaby

A woman evacuee from Marawi City tries to put a baby to sleep while minding her goods for sale at the covered court of Barangay Maria Cristina in Iligan City on Tuesday (10 October 2017). MindaNews photo by H. MARCOS C. MORDENO

24 bodies found in Marawi

UPDATED STORY ILIGAN CITY (MindaNews / 11 Oct) – The military said they recovered 24 decomposing bodies in Marawi City on Tuesday inside a building near the area where ISIS-inspired gunmen are fighting their last stand. Col. Romeo Brawner, deputy commander of Task Force Ranao, earlier said there were 18 bodies recovered by Lt. Gen. […]

Guitar Man

Titing Tomimbang, a resident of Campo Ranao, Marawi City, shapes electric guitars from narra wood inside an evacuation center for Marawi City residents in Barangay Maria Cristina in Iligan City on 10 October 2017. MindaNews photo by MANMAN DEJETO

Still Without Houses

Not a single housing unit has been built at the transitory site for evacuees in Barangay Sagonsongan, Marawi City as of October 10, 2017, more than a month after the groundbreaking ceremony.  MindaNews photo by H. MARCOS C. MORDENO

Top aide of Malaysia’s most wanted terrorist killed in Marawi — AFP

MARAWI CITY (MindaNews/10 October)– The military on Monday said its troops have killed the top lieutenant of Malaysia’s most wanted terrorist who was fighting alongside the ISIS-inspired militants in this city. Armed Forces Western Mindanao Command chief Lt. Gen. Carlito Galvez Jr. said Muhammad Joraimee Awang Raimee, 39, also a Malaysian, was killed along with 15 others in the battle to […]

Is It Over Soon?

Smoke rises from Marawi City after an aerial bombardment Monday (October 9, 2017) on areas where the military believes the ISIS-inspired Maute gunmen are making a last stand. MindaNews photo by FROILAN GALLARDO

Marawi siege: death, destruction, deadlines

MARAWI CITY (MindaNews/09 October) — Military operations against the ISIS-inspired militants in this besieged city have resulted not just in hundreds of casualties and massive destruction due to intense close quarter battles and aerial bombardment but have also been marked by unmet, self-imposed deadlines. The siege started on May 23, and despite their edge in […]

Solar Panels

Power supplied by solar panels light up the homes at Bahay Pagasa, a transitional shelter  for displaced Marawi residents in the city’s Barangay Bito Buadi Itowa. Photo taken on October 6, 2017. MindaNews photo by H. MARCOS C. MORDENO

War and Remembrance

Soldiers who are about to return home after seeing action in besieged Marawi City take photos of each other in front of the city’s arc in Barangay Sagonsongan on Friday (October 6, 2017). MindaNews photo by GG BUENO