Category Archives: martial law

TURNING POINT: Tightening the Grips

NAAWAN, Misamis Oriental (MindaNews / 16 January) — The destabilization scare was mongered around for some time, but was becoming more intense in the advent of the P6.4B shabu conundrum that implicates some members of the family of the tenant of the Palace. Then the imposition of Martial Law in Mindanao was extended because the […]

25 adults, 43 minors ‘arrested’ for violating ‘general curfew’ in Surigao City

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews / 10 Jan) – A total of 25 adults and 43 minors were brought to the police station for two consecutive days for violating the “general curfew” that the police implemented starting Monday. All, however, were released immediately after they were informed about the “general curfew,” said Supt. Jay Baybayan, city police […]

Military to warring clans in Lanao Sur: “we will strictly implement total gun ban”

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 07 January) — The military has warned warring clans in the province of Lanao del Sur “not to pursue their intentions to attack their adversaries” as the Joint Task Force Ranao (JTF Ranao) will “strictly implement” the total gun ban “as it applies the full force of martial law in Mindanao.” […]

SOMEONE ELSE’S WINDOWS: Marawi Crisis: Small City, Huge Implications

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews / 30 Dec) — Except for the occasional stories about colorful facets of everyday life, the Philippines’ lone Islamic City has rarely landed on the news. Like most areas of Mindanao, it would only get front page attention whenever calamity or violence strikes. The Marawi Crisis that erupted on 23 May was […]

71% Pinoys still satisfied with Duterte but 62% oppose martial law extension

DAVAO CITY (MindNews / 23 December) — Seventy one per cent of the Filipinos are still satisfied with President Rodrigo Duterte’s leadership but 62% oppose martial law extension, a move Duterte requested should be until December 31, 2018. His request was approved by Congress on December 13. The Fourth Quarter 2017 Social Weather Stations (SWS) […]

Senate, House to hold joint session Wednesday re extending martial law

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 11 Dec) — The Senate and House of Representatives will hold a joint session Wednesday (December 13) to act on the request of President Rodrigo Duterte to extend martial law in Mindanao and suspend the privilege of the writ of habeas corpus until December 31, 2018. “Wednesday, starting 9 a.m.,” Senate […]

Accounting of HR violations by gov’t forces during Marawi siege sought

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 5 December) – Government forces and Islamic State-inspired militants committed abuses during the Marawi siege but only the former can be put to task because they are supposed to follow the law, a Maranao civil society leader said over the weekend. Drieza Lininding, of the Moro Consensus Group, told a forum […]

TURNING POINT: Something is Wrong

NAAWAN, Misamis Oriental (MindaNews/10 October) — Something is wrong When a whiff of corruption prompts thunderous lightning fast punitive action while a hurricane of corruption generates nothing but the sound of silence; When the  movement  of  tons and tons of shabu worth billions of pesos escaped notice and pursuit and was spared from the ire […]

Group says martial law ‘toothless’ as kidnappings, drugs, terrorism continue in Sulu

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 4 Oct) – The civil society organization Save Sulu Movement said the declaration of martial law in Mindanao has been ineffective in putting a stop to terrorism more than four months after President Rodrigo R. Duterte placed the entire island under military rule. Speaking in “Wednesdays Habi at Kape” forum here, […]

Civilian monitor says martial law in Mindanao not needed

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/25 September) – There is no need for the continued imposition of Martial Law in Mindanao four months after its declaration with the siege in Marawi City by the ISIS-inspired Maute Group as its basis, a civilian monitor calling itsellf Alisto! said on Monday. President Rodrigo Duterte issued Proclamation 216 placing the entire Mindanao under martial […]

End martial law

Protest actions  to commemorate the 45th anniversary of Ferdinand Marcos’ declaration of martial law on 21 September 2017 were held nationwide, including in Davao City, home of President Rodrigo Duterte who is being urged to lift martial law. Duterte, the first Mindanawon President, declared martial law eight hours after clashes between government forces and the […]

Never again

At least a hundred protesters joined the 45th commemoration of Ferdinand Marcos’ declaration of martial law at the Magsaysay Park in downtown Cagayan de Oro, on Sept.21,2017. Bagong Alyansang Makabayan chair  Wildon Barros said the low turnout was expected since most of the people’s organizations affiliated with Bayan-Northern Mindanao Region  joined the Lakbayan 2017 in […]

Protesters urge Duterte to lift martial law in Mindanao

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/21 September) – President Rodrigo Duterte needs no “extraordinary powers” and he should lift the declaration placing the entire Mindanao under martial law, several groups said in Thursday’s protest marking the 45th anniversary of martial law. During the National Day of Protest on Thursday at Freedom Park along Roxas Avenue, Konsensya Dabaw spokesperson Mags Maglana […]

Duterte to biz sector: “There will be no peace in Mindanao for the longest time”

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 09 Sept) — As the Marawi Crisis and martial law-in-Mindanao entered Day 110 on Saturday, the country’s first Mindanawon President gave delegates to the 26th Mindanao Business Conference in Cagayan de Oro City mixed signals about Mindanao’s future under his administration. Reading his speech at the latter part of his 37-minute […]

KONSYENSYA DABAW: A fatal affinity with Marcos?

Come September 11, 2017, it will be a holiday in Ilocos Norte Province. This is not new in the sense that Ilocanos have been annually celebrating the birth anniversary of former president Ferdinand E. Marcos, Sr. This Monday is distinguished because it would be the 100th birth year of Marcos, and no less than a […]

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 […]

LUGAR LANG: Teatro sa Calle: In the Spirit of Resistance

  DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 24 August) — This year, Davao City’s Kadayawan Festival was held under the dark cloud of Martial Law in Mindanao. I thought it was in bad taste, to say the least, just like the so-called “Martial Roll” maki of a Japanese street restaurant in Davao looking to make a quick […]

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 […]

PAGDARO SA KALINAW: Mindanao Confessions: A Peace Process Drop-out

NEW ZEALAND (MindaNews / 17 Aug) — “I can no longer in good conscience support the government’s formal peace efforts that not only builds peace on a foundation of gross injustice and deception, but uses ‘peace and development’ as an excuse legitimizing the state-facilitated killing of nearly 5,000 people.  The current state of impunity perpetuates […]

Davao tourist arrivals dip in June

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/07 August) – The number of tourist arrivals in the city in June this year went down to 123,343, or a decrease of 19 percent compared to 152,678 tourists registered during the same period last year. But City Tourism Office head Generose Tecson said the city recorded a total of 930,136 visitors for the first […]