Category Archives: Marawi crisis

COMMENTARY: “…The strength of a people is measured by the welfare of the weak…”

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 03 Sept) — The foregoing words are culled from the Preamble of the Swiss Constitution.  These are the words just before the usual injunction (as in any preamble), “we…hereby adopt the following Constitution…” Having had the privilege of visiting Switzerland twice, I can’t help but ask myself questions that redound […]

COMMENTARY: “…The strength of a people is measured by the welfare of the weak…”

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 03 Sept) — The foregoing words are culled from the Preamble of the Swiss Constitution.  These are the words just before the usual injunction (as in any preamble), “we…hereby adopt the following Constitution…” Having had the privilege of visiting Switzerland twice, I can’t help but ask myself questions that redound […]

Duterte mulls lifting martial law but claims there is “spillover” in Buldon

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 01 September) — President Rodrigo Duterte said he thought of lifting martial law earlier than December 31, 2017 but they have to address what may be a “spillover” in Buldon, Maguindanao. “I was thinking that we could, you know, lift (martial law)  earlier but the way it looks, parang may spillover […]

Military retakes Marawi’s commercial district

MARAWI CITY (MindaNews / 1 Sept) – The military said on Friday they have taken control of Barangay Banggolo, this city’s commercial district, after heavy fighting. Capt. Joane Petinglay, spokesperson of the Armed Forces’ Joint Task Force Marawi, said there is still occasional fighting in the commercial district but soldiers have taken full control of the […]

Destruction in Marawi

Damaged buildings loom in the background as Philippine Marines backed by a V300 armored vehicle cross Mapandi Bridge in Marawi City on Wednesday (Aug. 30, 2017), 100 days since the Islamic State-inspired Maute group started a siege that has made the city a ghost town. Government troops recaptured the bridge from the militants late last […]

Snack Time in MSU

Fish balls are a favorite snack items among female students at Mindanao State University in Marawi City, where classes resumed last August 22 amid the ongoing clashes in the city between government forces and the Islamic State-inspired Maute group. Pho…

Military says Marawi siege over in 2-3 weeks; journalists decry “restrictions”

MARAWI CITY (MindaNews/29 August) — The already three-month long armed hostilities between government forces and the Islamic State-inspired Maute group will be over in two to three weeks, a military official said Monday. Lt. Gen. Carlito Galvez, chief of the Armed Forces’ Western Mindanao Command, said he expects “normalcy” to return to the city in […]

Day 99

Fire again engulfs downtown Marawi City as the military continues to pound suspected positions of the Islamic State-inspired Maute group with aerial and artillery bombardment on Tuesday, 29 August 2017, Day 99 of the Marawi siege. MindaNews photo by H….

Stray Bullet — Again

A man plucks out a stray bullet with a key from the wall of a building at the Lanao del Sur provincial capitol complex in Marawi City on Monday (28 August 2017). The bullet almost hit an evacuee girl who was about to take a bath near the mosque inside the complex. Some individuals and […]

5 militants trying to reinforce Maute in Marawi slain — AFP

MARAWI CITY (MindaNews/28 August)— Government troops killed five suspected militants reportedly trying to reinforce the Islamic State-inspired Maute gunmen fighting in Marawi City on Monday. Armed Forces of the Philippines Western Mindanao chief Lt. Gen. Carlito Galvez said the slain militants were part of a 10-man group trying to sneak into Marawi on board two motorized boats around 2:30 […]

Battle Update

Lt. Gen. Carlito Galvez, chief of the Armed Forces’ Western Mindanao Command, briefs reporters on suspected positions of the Maute Group at the Lanao del Sur provincial capitol complex in Marawi City on Monday, 28 August 2017, Day 98 of the Marawi Crisis. MindaNews photo by FROILAN GALLARDO

Chicken from Central Luzon for Marawi bakwits: affront to Maranaos’ maratabat

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 27 August) — It’s not pork, so it is not being insensitive to Muslims but chicken from bird flu-affected Luzon that Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Pinol wants the social welfare department to buy for distribution to Marawi evacuees has been criticized as an affront to the Maranaos’ maratabat. “I asked President Duterte […]

Ex-mayor of Marawi removed from list of persons to be arrested for rebellion

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 19 Aug) — A former mayor of Marawi City has been removed from the list of persons ordered arrested under martial law for alleged rebellion. Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, in his capacity as Martial Law Administrator, issued a certification on August 16 that Omar Macabalang Ali, also known as Solitario Ali […]

Aside from security, MSU Marawi students face rising prices of food, transport, dorm

MARAWI CITY (MindaNews / 14 August) — Given the still ongoing war between government forces and the Maute Group in the downtown area, students of the Mindanao State University’s (MSU) main campus five kilometers away were aware, before coming back here, that they would be facing security issues when the first semester finally begins on […]

Marawi crisis won’t stop ARMM investments as indicated by newly-registered P129-M port services project

COTABATO CITY (RBOI-ARMM / 10 Aug) –  A Php129 million port related services project was recently approved for registration by the Regional Board of Investments, Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (RBOI-ARMM). The Bangsamoro Terminal Services Inc. (BTSI) based at Polloc Freeport, Parang, Maguindanao invested in this project to provide efficient logistics support to the thriving […]

HABAGATNONG HINAGAWHAW:  Kanus-a Pa?

Kanus-a, o kanus-a pa moabot kining salidaha sa ending niya? Sakit na among dughan sa mga eksenang nasaksihan nga punô sa kaalaotan. Bisag unsaon pa og ingon nga nagtangag kinig paglaom, nagpatigbabaw gayod intawon ang kapait ug ang kaaslom. Kapila na ba gisaad nga hapit na mahuman kini nga salida? Sige lang kapakyas tawon ang […]