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The municipal government of Norala, South Cotabato honored Father Teresito “Chito” Soganub with a motorcade and a program at the covered court on Tuesday, 28 November 2017. Soganub, a native of Norala, was held in captivity by the Maute Group in Marawi City from  May 23 until September 16, 2017, arrived in Norala on Monday […]

TURNING POINT: Finger-pointing on the Marawi Debacle

NAAWAN, Misamis Oriental (MindaNews / 26 Nov) — The war had ended a month ago, but the finger-pointing continues.  Some Maranao blame the government for the devastation of their homeland and the ruin of their lives.  In fact, a group is poised to file a class suit against the government for what happened. Many kibitzers, […]

Gov’t to reopen 8 barangays in Marawi

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/17 November) – Another set of “Kambalingan,” a Maranao term for homecoming, will be undertaken as the government eyes to reopen at least eight barangays in war-ravaged Marawi City, Office of Civil Defense Assistant Secretary Kristoffer James Purisima said. During the Bangon Marawi press briefing in Malacañan Palace Friday, Purisima said the government will facilitate the return of the […]

Gov’t and IS-allied groups violated humanitarian law, human rights in Marawi — Amnesty International

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 17 Nov) — Government forces, the Maute and Abu Sayyaf groups and their allied forces committed violations of international humanitarian law (IHL) and international human rights law (IHRL) during the five-month siege in Marawi City from May 23 to October 23, a 34-page report of an international human-rights group said. Released […]

OUR MARAWI: At the end of the day, Marawi will define the Duterte administration’s success or failure

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews / 16 Nov) — After all that’s said and done, I agree with my young cousin-in-law and brother, Atty. Naguib Sinarimbo, who contends that it will be Marawi, at the end of the day, that will define the Duterte administration’s success or failure. The war on drugs is protracted and […]

After Marawi, AFP to focus on NPA in Mindanao — General Guerrero

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/15 November) – Government troops assigned in Marawi City might be deployed to areas in Mindanao beset by the communist-led insurgency now that military operations against the remnants of the ISIS-inspired Maute Group are “winding down”, Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Chief of Staff General Rey Leonardo B. Guerrero said. Guerrero, speaking during the turnover […]

OUR MARAWI: Building a better and stronger Marawi City from the ashes of war

Last of five parts: Governance Reforms and Peacebuilding 11 Nov 2017 V. Governance Reforms The extreme urgency, complexity and enormity of the needs emanating   from the current emergency in Marawi City warrant a strong governance or management system to deal with the herculean tasks of pacifying the affected families and residents, alleviating the socioeconomic sufferings, […]

OUR MARAWI: (4) Building a better and stronger Marawi City from the ashes of war

4th of five parts: Rebuilding and Modernization 10 Nov 2017  Marawi City must be assisted to rise up quickly and properly. In line with this goal, the following interventions are recommended: A.) The reconstruction or rebuilding works should be restorative, basic needs-oriented and culture friendly. To minimize problems in the rebuilding works in the central […]

OUR MARAWI: (4) Building a better and stronger Marawi City from the ashes of war

4th of five parts: Rebuilding and Modernization 10 Nov 2017  Marawi City must be assisted to rise up quickly and properly. In line with this goal, the following interventions are recommended: A.) The reconstruction or rebuilding works should be restorative, basic needs-oriented and culture friendly. To minimize problems in the rebuilding works in the central […]

OUR MARAWI: Civilian voices and visions in rebuilding Marawi and Lanao del Sur

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/ 10 Nov) — A week before Secretary Delfin Lorenzana declared the end of the Marawi siege on October 23, 2017, Lt. Gen. Carlito Galvez of the Western Mindanao Command was quoted as saying that they were looking into three options for rehabilitating Marawi. First, rebuild damaged structures; second, relocate residents whose homes […]

OUR MARAWI: Civilian voices and visions in rebuilding Marawi and Lanao del Sur

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/ 10 Nov) — A week before Secretary Delfin Lorenzana declared the end of the Marawi siege on October 23, 2017, Lt. Gen. Carlito Galvez of the Western Mindanao Command was quoted as saying that they were looking into three options for rehabilitating Marawi. First, rebuild damaged structures; second, relocate residents whose homes […]

OUR MARAWI: (3) Building a better and stronger Marawi City from the ashes of war

3rd of five parts: Economic Rehabilitation 09 Nov 2017               The unexpected prolonged large-scale war has practically transformed the huge concrete buildings, houses, and structures in the central district into ashes. The houses of the burgeoning M’ranaw middle-class families from Marawi City and Lanao del Sur abound in the barangays within the main battle […]

OUR MARAWI: (2) Building a better and stronger Marawi City from the ashes of war

2nd of five parts: Deconflictualization 08 Nov 2017 The relatively efficient handling of the government’s military operation against the MG-ASG forces and the associated non-military dimensions which projected the campaign specifically target the terrorist elements (i.e., not against Islam or the Muslims), and the sustained multisectoral relief operation efforts and other ameliorative initiatives by various […]

Hoping for Food

Residents search their names on the list for those qualified to receive food dole-outs outside the barangay hall in Basak-Malutlut in Marawi City on Tuesday (7 November 2017). The Department of Social Welfare and Development of the Autonomous Region of…

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Residents check out on Tuesday, 7 November 2017, a house heavily damaged during the five-month war in Marawi City. Residents of nine out of the city’s 96 barangays who sought refuge in evacuaton centers or in relatives’ houses in neighboring towns and cities have returned home after five months. MindaNews photo by FROILAN GALLARDO

OUR MARAWI: Building a better and stronger Marawi City from the ashes of war

1st of five parts 07 November 2017  Introduction The recent announcement by President Rodrigo Duterte of the liberation of Marawi City from the combined forces of the ISIS-inspired Maute Group and Abu Sayyaf Group (MG-ASG) was widely welcomed nationally and internationally. The defeat or decimation of the said terrorist groups was achieved by the Armed […]

CRUCIBLE: Wakasan ang Martial Law at Giyera at Isulong ang Seryosong “Pis Prasis”

(Talumpati sa pambansang kumperensya ng Laban ng Masa, ginanap sa Bahay ng Alumni, UP Diliman, nuong 29 Oktobre 2017. Para malagyan nang konteksto at malinaw na paglalahad, may mga konteng dagdag sa talumpati pero walang ginawang pagbago sa kabuuang buod ng mensahe.) LUNGSOD NG QUEZON (MindaNews / Nob 2) – Isang mapagpalayang pagbati ngayong araw sa […]

Passport of Indon nabbed in Marawi was recovered by troops in April

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 01 November) – An Indonesian national believed to be member of the terror group that laid siege on Marawi City was arrested at 7 a.m. Wednesday in Barangay Loksadatu by members of the Barangay Peacekeeping Action Team (BPAT), Col. Romeo Brawner, Deputy Commander of Joint Task Force Ranao said. Brawner said […]

Lorenzana, del Rosario to lead Marawi rehab

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 1 Nov) – President Rodrigo R. Duterte has assigned Defense secretary Delfin Lorenzana and Housing Secretary Eduardo del Rosario to lead the rehabilitation of Marawi City, which was destroyed by nearly five months of fighting between the military and Islamic State-inspired Maute Group. In a media briefing held upon his arrival […]

OUR MARAWI: Why the people of Marawi City and Lanao need Congress to investigate the Marawi Siege

QUEZON CITY (MindNews / 31 Oct) — Facts after five months or 154 days of siege/war/terrorism/destruction: a. 920 Maute terrorists killed. b. 165 soldiers, policemen killed in action; 1,500 wounded in action c.  864 firearms recovered. d. 1,780 civilians/hostages rescued. e. 300 to 400,000 displaced Marawi/ Lanao del Sur Maranaw residents f.  3 to 5 […]

OUR MARAWI:  We shall bridge religious gap and work towards defeating a common enemy

MARAWI CITY (MindaNews / 31 Oct) — To defeat the rise of violent extremism in our country, we emphasize on civilian participation and to take into account the role of both the community of Muslims and Non-Muslims alike. Active community participation must be encouraged to complement the efforts of our state forces in curbing transnational […]