Malacañang maintains no negotiation with terrorists

admin   •   June 28, 2017   •   2728

Presidential Spokesperson Usec. Ernesto Abella

MANILA, Philippines — Malacañang stands firm it will not negotiate with terrorists after the Maute group offered to free their hostages in exchange for the freedom of the Maute brothers’ arrested parents.

According to Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella, “Government’s policy not to negotiate with terrorist remains, hence the local religious leader-led talk with the terrorist last Sunday was not sanctioned by the government.”

This was the firm stand of Malacañang amid reports of the terrorist group’s offer to exchange prisoners.

Malacanang also confirmed that the government never allows the talks between some muslim leaders and Maute members last Sunday.

Secretary Ernesto Abella added that the terrorist group has caused huge damage and grave crimes not only in Marawi City but also in other parts of Mindanao.

So the government is determined to make Maute group answer for what they have done.

“And they all must be held accountable for al their actions.” said by Secretary Abella.

Meanwhile, though there is no valuable evidence yet that Isnilon Hapilon, the leader of Daesh or ISIS in the Philippines, has already left Marawi City and if such reports were true, Malacanang says it just shows the cowardness of Hapilon.

Malacanang adds that the Maute group is nearing disintegration.

“It might also be indicative of the infighting that may now be going on within the group. It may ba a matter of time before they disintegrate or self-destruct” mentioned by Secretary Abella. — Rosalie Coz | UNTV News & Rescue


Task Force Bangon Marawi assures infrastructure projects to finish in December

Aileen Cerrudo   •   May 26, 2021

The national government’s public infrastructure project in Marawi is at 65% completion, according to the Task Force Bangon Marawi.

Task Force Bangon Marawi Chairperson Sec. Eduardo Del Rosario said the estimated completion of the project will be in December.

He admitted that the task force had experienced difficulty as even the clearing out of debris already took them one year. However, Del Rosario reiterated that they will continue to complete the project.

“Iyan ang accomplishment rate natin 65%, and we are on track with our stated deadline of December of the year na lahat ng ongoing projects ay matatapos natin,” he said.

(That is our accomplishment rate, 65%, and we are on track with our stated deadline of December of the year and that all of our ongoing projects will also be completed.)

“It has to undergo three phases, first phase are the early intervention activities that took us almost one year to give attention to the immediate needs of internally displaced person,” he added.

The budget for the Task Force Bangon Marawi is around P75 to P80 billion. Del Rosario also assured that grants, including the P3 billion given by the government of Japan, underwent auditing by the Commission on Audit to avoid any form of corruption. AAC (with reports from Dante Amento)

Continuing the legacy: 3 widows of Marawi heroes join the military

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 25, 2019

Three widows of Marawi heroes are now ready to continue the legacy of their husbands who sacrificed their lives for the liberation of Marawi in 2017.

Private Grace P. Allaga, wife of late Corporal Ardnie R. Allaga, Private Merzie G. Rogador, wife of late Private First Class Eldon C. Rogador, and Private Christine Mary E. Montero, wife of late Corporal Marjone G. Montero are now considered enlisted military personnel after finishing the candidate soldier course.

They are among the 749 new soldiers who underwent and finished the four-month candidate soldier course conducted by the 1st Infantry (Tabak) Division under the Philippine Army.—AAC

Marawi vice mayor arrested over rebellion charges

Robie de Guzman   •   March 13, 2019

FILE PHOTO: A handcuffed man | Photo by Omar Sobhani /Reuters

Marawi City Vice Mayor Arafat Salic was arrested Wednesday morning over rebellion charges, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) said.

Salic was apprehended by military and police officers in a joint law enforcement operation conducted at the Marawi City hall.

“Salic is included in the Office of the Martial Law Administrator Arrest Order dated September 4, 2017 for rebellion case,” said Col. Romeo Brawner, 103rd Infantry Brigade Commander in a statement from the Philippine Army Wednesday.

No details on the case were provided as of posting time.

The Military said Arafat underwent custodial debriefing and medical check-up.

He is set to be turned over to police custody. – Robie de Guzman

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