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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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Japan agency to grant P1-B for Marawi rehab

by UNTV   |   Posted on Friday, March 9th, 2018

FILE IMAGE: UNTV Drone shot of the ruins of a part of the Marawi City

MANILA, Philippines —The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) will provide P1- billion worth of grant for the rehabilitation of Marawi City.

The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) said that this will be part of the P11-billion worth of budget needed for the building of infrastructures in Marawi City.

In May 2018, the government will hold the groundbreaking ceremony for the rehabilitation efforts in ground zero or the most affected areas in Marawi City.

“We have done so much coordination with JICA and JICA pledges around P1- billion as a grant component. In fact, this coming Monday, we’ll be hearing some discussions again,” said DPWH Usec. Emil Sadain. — UNTV News & Rescue

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Maute recruitment continues in Lanao del Sur – TF Ranao

by UNTV   |   Posted on Monday, March 5th, 2018

FILE PHOTO: Col. Romeo Brawner Jr., the spokesman of the Joint Task Force Ranao, revealed that the Maute group already has an estimated of around 100 new recruits in the province of Lanao del Sur.

MANILA, Philippines — Task Force Ranao Deputy commander Col. Romeo Brawner Jr. admitted that the Maute terror group continues to recruit more members.

According to Col. Brawner, those who were able to escape during the first pursuit operations in Marawi City are now leading the recruitment of new members.

He said that based on the information they received, the Maute members are offering money, firearms, and jewelry which they stole from the homes and banks they have broken into in Marawi City.

“They are still continuing to recruit dahil nga doon sa sunod-sunod na dagok, dahil yung mga taong bayan mismo nagtuturo kung saan yung mga miyembro ng Maute-ISIS. That’s why we were able to hit them,” said the deputy commander.

(They are still continuing to recruit because of the series of setbacks they experienced, as the public is providing information on their whereabouts. That’s why we were able to hit them.)

To date, the Maute group has around 150 new recruits.

With this, authorities continue to intensify their intelligence gathering aside from the regular patrols they conduct.

The military believes the arrest of the wife of Marwan, Juromee Dongon, is a huge setback to the terrorist group.

“We have stopped the connection to the international somehow you know na control natin ung connection na ‘yun dahil naniniwala tayo na ung asawa ni Marwan naging link nila in terms of logistics na papasok dito sa ating bansa,” said Brawner.

(We have stopped the connection to the international, somehow you know that we control that connection because we believe that the wife of Marwan is their link in terms of logistics that will enter our country.)

Authorities are monitoring the possible entry of the men of Marwan’s wife who know how to create bombs.  — Victor Cosare | UNTV News & Rescue

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Lanao del Sur’s traditional opinion leaders want to see Marawi rehab plan

by UNTV   |   Posted on Thursday, March 1st, 2018

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte is given a briefing on the Bahay Pag-Asa Phase 2 by National HousinG Authority General Manager Marcelino Escalada Jr. during the inauguration at Brgy. Mipaga in Marawi City on February 28, 2018. KARL NORMAN ALONZO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines —Lanao del Sur Vice Gov. Mamintal Bombit Adiong called on the government’s planned rehabilitation of Marawi City.

“Unang-una meron tayong sinusunod na kultura ung mga traditional leaders natin. Gusto nila makita kung ano ba yung rehab plan kung maganda ba yan para sa mga Maranao o hindi,” said the official.

Vice Mayor Adiong added that this is to avoid any misunderstandings between the government and the Maranaos.

President Rodrigo Duterte, on the other hand, reiterated during his visit yesterday in Marawi City the government’s commitment to help rebuild the war-stricken city.

“Kaya naman sinabi ko sa inyo right after the war, rehabilitation will start immediately. You can see the sincerity of government. At least sa panahon ko maniwala kayo kasi Maranao ang presidente,” said the chief executive.

President Duterte visited Marawi to check the other location where internally displaced residents may relocate.

The chief executive also visited the location where the housing project for policemen and soldiers in Baloi, Lanao del Norte. — Joan Nano| UNTV News & Rescue






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