Category Archives: Maute Group

Marawi siege: a cat-and-mouse game (2)

MARAWI CITY (MindaNews/26 June) — Chants of “Allahu Akbar” echoed inside the mosque at the Lanao del Sur provincial capitol complex as dozens of Maranao faithful performed their midday prayer on Friday (June 23), two days before the holy month of Ramadan ended. Outside, however, the sight of military trucks and Simba tanks going to […]

Maute Group sets condition for Fr. Chito’s release but frees 5 hostages during humanitarian ceasefire

MARAWI CITY (MindaNews / 26 June) — The Maute Group on Sunday declined to release hostaged Catholic priest Fr. Teresito “Chito” Soganub but freed five hostages, including a two-year old girl during the 10-hour humanitarian ceasefire that government declared and was reciprocated by the Maute Group on Eid’l Fitr, the end of the month-long Ramadan. […]

Marawi Rubble

A photograph released by the police to media on Sunday (25 June 2017) shows the devastation in part of the commercial district of Marawi City, site of intense fighting between government soldiers and the Maute Group for over a month now. It was not ind…

Counting the dead in Marawi: of 384, at least 50 civilian deaths confirmed  

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 21 June) — The death toll in the month-long clashes between government forces and the Maute Group has risen to 384, at least 50 of them civilians. This, as the Marawi Crisis entered Day 30 on Wednesday, June 21, At the Mindanao Hour press briefing in Malacanang on Wednesday, Presidential spokesperson […]

POSTSCRIPT:  Addressing challenges posed by the Abu Sayyaf Group: Violent extremism enters a new phase (1)

1st of three parts As the ten-part series on the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) was being published in MindaNews (May 20 – 29 2017), the news broke out about the fighting that started on May 23 in the Islamic City of Marawi.  As reported, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP)  had received intelligence reports […]

TURNING POINT: The War that Should Not Have Been

NAAWAN, Misamis Oriental (MindaNews / 18 June) — The current public disclosure that Malacanang was aware of a Maute plan to attack Marawi City days before President Duterte and his key security executives’ trip to Russia raises disturbing questions: Why did the Presidential entourage still leave the country despite the damning intelligence information? With such […]

Duterte: Maute Group’s firepower could match AFP’s

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 17 June) — President Rodrigo Duterte on Saturday said the Marawi Crisis was not a case of failure of intelligence but a case of connivance of politicians and warlords who allowed the Maute Group to stockpile firearms and ammunition in Marawi City that “could match even the firepower of the Armed […]

Galvez: “We will not bomb or target any mosque”

MARAWI CITY (MindaNews / 14 June) — Mosques are not targets of air strikes in this country’s lone Islamic City, Lt. Gen. Carlito Galvez,  chief of the Western Mindanao Command (WestMinCom) said. “I am a man of peace. We will not bomb or target any mosque,” Galvez told MindaNews in a text message Wednesday morning, […]

Looking for the dead

Relatives of Roel Jomillo look at the photos of unclaimed bodies at Capin funeral parlor in Iligan City on June 13, 2017. Jomillo, of Barangay Maria Cristina, Iligan has been missing since May 23, 2017, the day the Maute Group took control of parts of Marawi City. His sister, Marivic, said they have lost hope […]

4 workers in Marawi escape from Maute, 1 killed

MARAWI CITY (MindaNews/12 June) – Four workers of a furniture shop in this embattled city escaped to safety by braving the rapids of the Agus River Monday. Arnold Saropio, Rey Saropio, Emerio Ruiz and Apolinario Calungsod worked at a furniture shop in Lilod, Marawi City. Calungsod hails from Libertad, Misamis Oriental. The rest are from Midsalip, Zamboanga […]

COMMENTARY: Scared Like You: Thoughts on Terrorism, Rebellion and Martial Law In Mindanao  

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 11 June) — People are divided in their reactions to the recent declaration of martial law in Mindanao. I daresay that fear, although unacknowledged, underpins the reactions, which are of varying kinds.   Terrorism as Rebellion  Fear of the terroristic ways of the Maute Group and Abu Sayyaf is one of the […]

Mother of Maute Group leaders nabbed

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews / 10 June) — A joint police and military team arrested the mother of  Maute Group leaders Omar and Abdullah in Masiu town, Lanao del Sur Friday. Supt. Lemuel Gonda, spokesperson of the Philippine National Police in Northern Mindanao said Ominta Romato “Farhana” Maute, was arrested with two others in […]

Silent victims of war

Abandoned animals roam the streets of embattled Marawi City on Tuesday (6 June 2017) to find food. Government forces and the Maute Group have been fighting for control of the city since May 23, 2017. MindaNews photo by Roel N. Catoto

Suspected Maute members nabbed in Davao City

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/06 June) – Suspected members of the Maute Group, including its alleged top leader Cayamora Maute, 67, were arrested at the checkpoint of Task Force Davao in Sirawan, Toril, Davao City at around 10 a.m. Tuesday. Police identified the other suspected Maute members as Cayamora’s second wife Kongan Alfonso Balawag, Norjannah Balawag Maute and her […]

18 foreign terrorists fighting in Marawi

ZAMBOANGA CITY  (MindaNews / 05 June)  —  There are still around 18 foreign terrorists fighting alongside  the Maute group in Marawi City, according to Lt. Gen. Carlito Galvez, commander of the Western Mindanao Command (WestMinCom). “We have received reports that there are more or less 18 foreign terrorists fighting here,” said Galvez, who is overseeing […]

“Peace Corridor” to continue after rescue of 134 trapped civilians in Marawi

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 04 June) — At least 134 trapped civilians in Marawi City were rescued when a four-hour humanitarian corridor opened Sunday from 8 a.m. to 12 noon, six days after President Rodrigo Duterte approved the proposed  “Peace Corridor” during his meeting with officials of the government and Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) […]

Beautiful Marawi

Downtown Marawi City one sunny afternoon circa 2004, before all the devastation due to the fires and the aerial bombings no thanks to the still ongoing skirmishes between government forces and the Maute Group that caused the evacuation of most of the c…