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Maute group’s capabilities “significantly degraded” — AFP

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Saturday, June 17th, 2017

FILE PHOTO: AFP spokesperson, Brig. Gen. Restituto Padilla

The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) does not deny the possibility that some Maute-ISIS terrorist group members were able to escape Marawi City and have gone to Iligan City and Cagayan de Oro.

According to reports, some Maute members may have blended in with the evacuees during the first weeks of the clashes.

However, the military is confident that these individuals can no longer launch attacks or sow great havoc in other places.

“Safe to say, I can tell you, they don’t have the capacity to do what they have done in Marawi anymore,” AFP spokesperson, Brig. Gen. Restituto Padilla, said in a press briefing.

“Their capabilities have significantly degraded and they have specifically targeted Marawi to sow terror,” he added.

Meanwhile, the military has launched proactive security measures and has been coordinating with local government units.

The military also calls on the public to remain alert and vigilant against suspicious-looking persons and things to prevent enemies from carrying out their evil plans.

Meanwhile, the military also reminds those who are planning to distribute assistance and relief efforts to the residents of Marawi city to coordinate with the local government units before going to the conflict area.

This is after reports that the military allegedly prevented some left-leaning lawmakers from conducting their humanitarian assistance in Marawi City.

“We don’t want anyone getting hit by any of these stray bullets if they go to Marawi itself. So in the interest of safety, we have been working closely with local government and its social welfare arm and health arm to provide the services needed by the evacuees, without necessarily having other people from the outside expose to danger,” explained Padilla. — Rosalie Coz | UNTV News and Rescue


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Malacañang calls on public support for fight against rebellion in Mindanao

by UNTV   |   Posted on Wednesday, December 13th, 2017

MANILA, Philippines — Malacañang welcomed the immediate approval of Congress to the request of President Rodrigo Duterte to extend the declaration of martial law in Mindanao for another year.

With this, the palace called on the public to support the government in suppressing rebellion in the southern region of the country.

Malacañang claimed that the acts of rebellion in Mindanao are being committed by terrorists, communists, and their supporters, and financiers.

The palace also urged the public to help ensure the continued rehabilitation of the war-torn Marawi City.

Malacañang noted that maintaining security in the country is not just the obligation of the government, but of every Filipino as well. — UNTV News & Rescue

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House Speaker confident joint session will approve proposed martial law extension

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, December 13th, 2017

MANILA, Philippines — House Speaker Pantaleon Alvalez is confident that the Congress will approve the martial law extension in Mindanao.

Both houses of Congress are set to convene in a joint session, Wednesday, to study President Rodrigo Duterte’s request for a 1-year extension of martial law to be effective on January 1, 2018.

“For me being from Mindanao I don’t see any reason why they will not consider it,” Alvarez said.

The House Speaker said even if the war in Marawi has ended it doesn’t mean that the war of the government against the rebels has also ended.

“There are still movements. Many of their companions are still there. The extortion continues in the plantations, mining sites, contractors, and even in bus operators,” Alvarez said.

Albay Representative Edcel Lagman, on the other hand, said he will question this move to the Supreme Court because they believe that implementing it is against the Constitution.

“If we are going to read the Constitution it says ‘the extension of the declaration or promulgation.’ It does not refer to the extension of an extension,” Lagman said.

Former soldier and now Magdalo Rep. Gary Alejano said it will have a big impact on the soldiers.

“Continuous combat operation, kulang sa kagamitan (insufficient equipment), will lead to demoralization,” Alejano said.

Earlier Tuesday, the House conducted an all-member caucus in which they invited the heads of the Department of the Interior and Local Government and Department of National Defense, and Executive Secretary Salvador Mideialdea to shed light on the need to extend martial law in Mindanao. – Grace Casin | UNTV News & Rescue

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Duterte requests Congress to extend on-going martial law for one more year

by Joniel Monton   |   Posted on Monday, December 11th, 2017

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his speech during the Anti-Corruption Summit 2017: ‘Breaking Chains of Corruption 2017’ at the Philippine International Convention Center in Pasay City on November 28, 2017. RUJI ABAT/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines — The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) submitted last week a recommendation to President Rodrigo Duterte regarding the martial law in Mindanao.

Both agencies favor the extension of martial law in the region instead of lifting it on its scheduled term before the end of the year.

Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea has confirmed that President Rodrigo Duterte will request the Congress to extend the on-going martial law for one more year.

Based on the text message of Sec. Medialdea, the letter has already been signed by the Chief Executive pending submission to Congress.

The AFP initially stated that there is still a need for martial law in Mindanao because of reports regarding remaining Maute members, Abu Sayyaf and other terrorist groups merging together.

“Those who survived that siege still remain at large and are attempting to recover by recruiting other members of the society,” said AFP spokesperson Brigadier General Restituto Padilla.

Another reason cited for the extension is the on-going violent attacks by members of the New People’s Army (NPA).

“There was a 2,000% increase in the amount on the effect of the violent incidents on business alone,” said Padilla.

The opposition of the administration expressed their disapproval and said that the martial rule extension would only hinder the Marawi residents from returning to their homes. — Rosalie Coz | UNTV News & Rescue

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