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AFP to craft new urban warfare guidelines based on Marawi clash

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Tuesday, August 8th, 2017

The military admitted to being new to urban warfare. This is because soldiers are used to fighting in mountains or rural areas.

The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) conceded that this is the reason why government troops are having difficulty in defeating the Maute terrorist group in Marawi City.

This prompted the AFP to create new guidelines for urban warfare based on the military’s operations in Marawi.

“He also directed all the men, commanders and soldiers on the ground to gather the documents that could serves as the basis of the creating or drafting of a new doctrine pursuant to what we have learned in the operations sa Marawi,” AFP-Public Affairs Office (PAO) chief Col. Edgard Arevalo said.

Arevalo noted that soldiers had a different experience in its operation in the city, like battling terrorists who hide in concrete buildings.

“Yes urban warfare, we can see the different dimension of the operation in urban terrain. In the past we have the opportunity, but not to this extent, not this massive as these operations,” Arevalo added.

Aside from this, the AFP said soldiers were caught off guard when the enemy used its hostages as human shields.

In the latest estimate on the Marawi rebellion, 45 civilians were killed. Soldiers and police were able to kill 528 terrorists, while on 122 on the part of the government died in the still ongoing battle. – Lea Ylagan | UNTV News and Rescue

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“Brigada Eskwela” kicks off at war-torn schools in Marawi City

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, December 14th, 2017

The 3-day special Brigada Eskwela

MARAWI, Philippines — The 3-day special Brigada Eskwela has begun in schools in Marawi City that were badly damaged by the 5-month war against terrorists.

The launch was led by Education Secretary Leonor Briones and participated by volunteers from various provinces and groups like the Members Church of God International (MCGI).

According to Sec. Briones, they will gradually help the children in the province to have access to education with the help of private companies.

Department of Education (DepEd) also seeks to improve the morale of the students so they would become enthusiastic to learn.

“This is only the start of a series of activities in Marawi, the series of Brigada in Marawi.  Today we are only covering 15 schools because each of the regional directors and members of our executive committee is visiting one school each. And each region like Region 1 all the way from the North and from Laoag. They are adopting also one school,” Briones said.

She added that 47 schools in Marawi City have been damaged due to the clashes between the military and the ISIS-inspired Maute Terror Group.

Fifteen of the damaged schools open classes last September but are still in need of repairs due to damages it sustained because of the war.

During the inspection of DepEd along with military in 22 schools within the battle area, DepEd saw the need to replace the school buildings with new ones.

“We have 22 schools inside the main battle area. Of the 22 schools assuming that all of them are heavily damaged and it will be needing a reconstruction of new buildings, including the supply of textbooks and supply of computer laboratories, everything. We will need to have a P1.16 billion,” DepEd Usec Alain Pascua said.

Education officials first visited the Amai Pakpak Central Elem School that previously had 5-thousand students. However, only 500 students go back to school when it resumed classes last October.

“We tracked some students who are not in schools. . . so far, we tracked almost 1,000,” Marawi City Division Education Program supervisor, Baesarom Domato said. “Still we are encouraging our IDPs learners to come to school because even this December we are accepting them to transfer because it’s the time of the return of the IDPs from other places. They are returning here in Marawi City.”

DepEd also visited the Camp Bagong Amai Pakpak Elem School that has more than 200 students ranging from kindergarten to grade 6.

Although the school’s buildings were not badly damaged, DepEd said there is a need to repair it.

Reflected in the faces of the students is a longing for normalcy which they hope to achieve with the opening of schools where they can forget the nightmares of the war. – Aiko Miguel | UNTV News & Rescue

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Full rehabilitation efforts soon to begin after approval of one-year martial law extension

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, December 14th, 2017

MANILA, Philippines — Rehabilitation efforts in Marawi City will be fast-tracked, now that the extension of the implementation of martial law has been approved on Wednesday.

Martial law administrator and Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said their original recommendation for the extension was six months.

That is why they are delighted now that the one-year extension has been approved for them to put an end to terrorism in Mindanao.

Even AFP Spokesperson Marine Colonel Edgard Arevalo vows to perform their mandate to end the rebellion prevailing in the southern part of the country.

The PNP, meanwhile, is ready to support the military in implementing the martial rule in the region, which is extended until the 31st of December 2018.

“We will support the military since it’s martial law, the role of PNP is to support the military in the implementation of martial law,” PNP Chief General Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa said. — UNTV News

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Women legislators donate monetary assistance to kin of 23 cops killed in Marawi battle

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Tuesday, December 12th, 2017

The Association of Women Legislators Foundation Incorporated of the House of Representatives donated P12,000 to each family of the 23 soldiers and policemen killed in the Marawi clash.

The donation came from the revenues collected from a garage sale and other fundraising activities conducted by the said foundation.

Overall, the foundation has donated more than P1.9 million to 159 families of the deceased members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines and seven surviving families of slain PNP Special Action Force members.

“We are sending our condolences, our adoration, and gratitude to the families left by brave soldiers and policemen killed in the battle of Marawi City,” Bulacan Rep. Linabelle Ruth Villarica said. – UNTV News & Rescue

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