Category Archives: martial law

DUTERTE TRANSCRIPTS: 119th Philippine Navy Anniversary, Davao City. 31 May 2017

(Note from MindaNews: This is the official transcript of President Rodrigo Duterte’s speech, released by the Presidential News Desk of the Presidential Communications Office) Presidential Communications Office Presidential News Desk SPEECH OF PRESIDENT RODRIGO ROA DUTERTE DURING HIS ATTENDANCE TO THE 119th PHILIPPINE NAVY ANNIVERSARY  CELEBRATION [Delivered at Sasa Wharf, Sasa, Davao City | 31 May […]

No choice

Young and old commuters alike are required to disembark and queue for inspection at the police checkpoint in Barangay Suarez in Iligan City, the entry point from Marawi City and other areas west of the city. Photo taken on May 30, 2017, a week since the declaration of martial law in Mindanao. MindaNews photo by H. Marcos […]

BEYOND THE BEND: Old Martial Law vs. New Martial Law

QUEZON CITY (MindaNews / 30 May) – According to Malacañang, Martial Law over the entire island of Mindanao will “strengthen the hand of government in dealing with terrorists”. Former president and now Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada even believes, “Martial law should be extended until the last terrorist has fallen.” Many Filipinos, Mindanaons among them, hope […]

TURNING POINT: Beyond the Target

NAAWAN, Misamis Oriental (MindaNews/29 May) — In essence, Martial Law is accordingly imposed in Mindanao to effectively stop terrorism and protect civilians from terrorist harm. No one questions this laudable objective. We cannot help, however, from being apprehensive because  our experience under Marcos’ Martial Law  was scary – our protectors turned out to be our […]

No truth to Iligan City lockdown…for now

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A lot of people got stir crazy yesterday because of an announcement na kesyo Iligan City is on lockdown. Apparently that announcement was prematurely released and it was retracted right away. Now, in an…

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Group backs martial but urges Duterte to disarm politicians and dismantle their private armies

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 28 May) — The Save Sulu Movement has thrown its support behind President Rodrigo Duterte’s declaration of martial law in Mindanao, following the May 23 clashes between military and Maute Group in Marawi City, but urged him to disarm politicians allegedly protecting local terrorists and dismantle their private armies. “The Save […]

Mindanao’s bishops on Martial Law in Mindanao: it must be temporary

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 26 May) — Mindanao’s Catholic bishops acknowledged there are many fears about President Rodrigo Duterte’s May 23 declaration of martial law in Mindanao’s 27 provinces and 33 cities but for now, there  are “no solid and sufficient facts to absolutely reject the declaration of Martial Law as morally reprehensible.” “But we […]

“Business as usual” in SocSarGen, despite martial law

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 26 May) — It’s “business as usual” in this city this city and the neighboring provinces of Sarangani and South Cotabato despite President Rodrigo Duterte’s May 23 declaration of martial law in the entire Mindanao. Mayor Ronnel Rivera said the operations of all city and national government agencies as well […]

Tight Security

A member of Task Force Davao copies details from identification cards presented by passengers at a checkpoint in Sirawan, Toril District, Davao City on Friday (26 May 2017) as part of the heightened security measures of the city following the declarati…

Child Evacuees

Oblivious of the conflict happening around them, children find time to play inside a gymnasium that has been converted into an evacuation center in Fuentes, Iligan City on Thursday (25 May 2027). Many residents of neighboring Marawi City have fled thei…

Davao cops conduct ‘Oplan Bolabog’

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 25 May) – Police here conducted Thursday a house-to-house verification called “Oplan Bolabog” in Mini Forest, Barangay 23-C, known to be “havens” of lawless elements, to weed out criminals and suspected terrorists. In a press conference Thursday, Davao City Police Office (DCPO) spokesperson Senior Insp. Maria Teresita Gaspan said some 161 […]

Consortium of Bangsamoro Civil Society on Martial Law, Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism

  25 May 2017 It is unfortunate  that we  are caught again in a situation where people have to live in high level  of fears and uncertainties in their securities. This situation is brought about on one hand by terror attacks and on the other hand, by the counter-terrorism response.  In both cases, the civilians […]

Philippine Center for Islam and Democracy on the Marawi Crisis

May 25, 2017 The Philippine Center for Islam and Democracy strongly condemns the violent attacks perpetrated by lawless elements in the Islamic city of Marawi and Lanao del Sur, made more heinous as it occurred as the Muslim faithful are preparing for the holy month of Ramadhan. Any act inciting to terror in the hearts […]

Oplan Bolabog

A police officer checks the identification card of a student during “Oplan Bolabog” at Isla Verde in Davao City Thursday morning (25 May 2017). The operation was meant to verify non-residents as part of the city’s tightened security m…

KONSYENSYA DABAW: Not Too  Late To Back Down On Martial Law In Mindanao

Martial Law is upon Mindanao and Mindanawons once again. We in Konsyensya Dabaw are alarmed that 31 years after the ouster of the Marcos dictatorship, with which Filipinos resoundingly rejected militarism and authoritarian rule,  President Rodrigo Roa Duterte saw it necessary to declare martial rule ostensibly to address the violence that broke out and escalated […]

INSTITUTE FOR AUTONOMY AND GOVERNANCE: On the Marawi City Crisis and the Declaration of Martial Law in Mindanao 

The Institute for Autonomy and Governance condemns the reign of terror in Marawi City that destroys the shared values of all men and women of goodwill all over the world. Violent extremism has no place in Mindanao where people value respect for diversities, pluralism and multiculturalism as paths to sustainable peace. The violence in Marawi […]

BAYAN on Duterte’s declaration of Martial Law in Mindanao

Press Statement May 24, 2017 Renato M. Reyes, Jr. BAYAN secretary general On Duterte’s declaration of Martial Law in Mindanao Let us be clear, the Maute Group-Abu Sayyaf and/or ISIS wannabes operating in Marawi must be stopped. The burning of civilian facilities such as the UCCP school must be strongly condemned. Duterte is right to […]