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    Facebook users supporting terrorism will be arrested for “cyber sedition” — DICT

    by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, June 14th, 2017

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    MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) reported that there are Facebook (FB) users who are already subject to arrest by authorities because of Cyber Sedition.

    “We are involved, confidential, may huhulihin na (there will be arrests for) cyber sedition. We are not going to name the persons, we were able to track about more than one last night,” DICT Sec. Rodolfo Salalima said.

    It can be recalled that the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) has requested Facebook to take down more than 60 FB accounts of jihadists and their supporters.

    Meanwhile, Malacañang also revealed that the government and the military actually had information of the planned siege by the terrorist group, led by Isnilon Hapilon, prior to the attack in Marawi City.

    This information was used by the government for the military to take action immediately and in order to prevent the terrorists’ much bigger plan to capture the entire city.

    “The early action of the military and the government has actually pre-empted their plans to be able to capture the city so we need to accredit that.  So, yes, there were intel but it was something that had to be vetted and authorized properly,” Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella said.

    He added, had the military acted otherwise, the situation in Marawi could have been worse.

    Meanwhile, President Rodrigo Duterte has also spent his private time on Tuesday without engaging in any public activity.

    Malacañang ensures the President is in good health.

    “He is actually in excellent health except for the fact that his schedule has been brutal.  I think we need to allow him a few rest, he was actually on top of the situation, however he also need rest,” Abella said. – Rosalie Coz | UNTV News and Rescue

     

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    AFP considers end of hostilities in Marawi City

    by UNTV   |   Posted on Friday, October 20th, 2017


    MANILA, Philippines — Armed Forces of the Philippines Public Affairs Office (AFP-PAO) chief Col. Edgard Arevalo is confident that the hostilities in Marawi City have ended, now that all the leaders of the Maute terror group have already died and they no longer have an organizational structure, war can be considered over.

    “Yes, we can say that the crisis in Marawi is over,” said Col. Arevalo.

    He added that the remaining Maute fighters holed up in the city are now in hiding, while the others have mixed in with the rescued hostages.

    “That’s what we are doing. We are physically going after them, and to rescue the remaining hostages,” said the official.

    Meanwhile, the military has yet to find the area where the remains of Malaysian terrorist Dr. Mahmud Ahmad is buried. The former university lecturer was the alleged financier of the  Maute terror group.

    According to AFP Chief of Staff Gen. Eduardo Año, the military can find the remains of Ahmad once they locate the person who buried him.

    “We have to find the right people that buried him. There’s an ongoing assault now, later on, we are able to capture some Maute fighters. He can be the one who can reveal where Dr. Mahmud was buried,” said Gen. Año.

    Año also noted that they are now conducting an assessment of the rescued hostages as many Maute fighters have mixed in with them to avoid being captured by the military. — Lea Ylagan | UNTV News & Rescue

     

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    20 more terrorists killed in latest encounter in Marawi City

    by UNTV   |   Posted on Friday, October 20th, 2017

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    MANILA, Philippines —Twenty more members of the ISIS-inspired Maute terrorist group have been killed by the government forces since Wednesday night until early  Thursday morning.

    In a statement, AFP Chief of Staff Eduardo Año said that 13 were Wednesday night and seven more were slain on Thursday morning in the continuing military pursuit against the terrorists.

    The government also confirmed the intelligence report that among those killed was Dr. Mammud Ahmad, the financier who purportedly took over the leadership of the group following the death of Isnilon Hapilon and Omar Maute.

    This is based on a statement by one of the rescued hostages, saying that as soon as he was found dead, Mammud was buried Wednesday night.

    The military is now searching for Mammud’s remains and the burial site.

    Año added that seven more hostages have been freed, including a mother and her daughter who got injured but is now out of danger.

    Meanwhile, six soldiers were wounded but are now in better condition.

    With this data, the military believes that the number of hostages remaining with the terrorists has now gone down to 20.

    Gen. Ano stressed that the military is still in high morale, so is their desire to end the crisis in Marawi City.

    In total, the number of fatalities from the terrorists’ side is now at 850, and 163 from the government forces. — Lea Ylagan | UNTV News & Rescue

     

     

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    Marawi City LGU launches clean up drive in barangays

    by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, October 19th, 2017

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    MARAWI CITY, Philippines – Personnel from different barangays in Marawi City came together Thursday morning and started combing through the city streets for the clean-up drive.

    This is in preparation for the homecoming of displaced residents whose houses are situated in the controlled areas or barangays that were not severely affected by the war.

    If all things go well, the project targets to have all the evacuees sent home by the end of October.

    “As soon as possible na kung matapos na sa loob ng limang araw na malinis namin itong walong barangay. So Inshallah babalik na tauhan namin dito sa walong barangay (As soon as possible if we finish clearing these eight barangays within five days. So Inshallah [if Allah wills] residents may return to the eight barangays),” Brgy. Dayawan Chairman Sahrani Batugan Mutin said.

    The barangay chairman also said his constituents are glad that Marawi City is now declared liberated from terrorists.

    “Masaya, nakakaiyak talaga kasi almost 5 months na hindi namin nakita yung iniwanan namin na mga bahay namin sa barangay Dayawan (Happy. It brings tears to the eyes because it has been five months that we have not seen our homes in Barangay Dayawan),” Mutin said.

    Once the evacuees are sent home, the authorities plan to implement an ID (identification) system to ensure that bad elements will not be able to penetrate their community.

    But not all, however, will be able to immediately go home as barangays that happened to be among the main battle areas will take a longer time to be restored.

    To date, the national government is still facilitating the funds that will be used for the rehabilitation of Marawi City.

    “DBM Secretary Diokno said the government will issue bonds in January to finance Marawi rehabilitation. Seceretary of Finance Dominguez says he directed DOF to study the possible issuance of 30 billion in bonds after PRRD earlier committed at least 20 billion to rehabilitate Marawi.  The President has committed ample funds to rebuild Marawi and the January bonds will ensure that his pledge is fulfilled. We hope to tap local and global markets as well as Islamic investors in ASEAN and the Middle East possibly with Islamic securities, ”Presidential Spokesperson Usec. Ernesto Abella said.

    Meanwhile, a city councilor is opposing a proposal that seeks to just build a new community instead of restoring the structures in the main battle area that were demolished.

    “Tulad namin na may bahay kami mas gusto namin makuha namin yun . . . kasi kawawa naman yung may mga bahay na hindi nila makukuha yung mga lot nila (Like for us homeowners, we would like to have our house back…it’s unfair for homeowners to lose their lots),” Marawi City Councilor Farhanah Langco said.

    Langco further appealed for unity to prevent a similar crisis from happening. – Victor Cosare, UNTV News & Rescue

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