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Maute terrorists in Marawi City, weakening in force – AFP

by UNTV   |   Posted on Wednesday, September 6th, 2017

MANILA, Philippines —  The Maute terrorist group is now starting to weaken.

Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) spokesperson BGen. Restituto Padilla explained one indication of this is the military’s recent success in pushing through previous strongholds of the terrorists like the bridges in Mapandi and Bangolo.

“They were not able to protect their controlled area that’s why their strongholds are declining. If they remain strong, the government would not have pushed through their strongholds,” said Padilla.

In line with this, government troops continue to advance to the hideout of the Maute terrorist group.

However, the AFP said the terrorists are now careful and are using traps and improvised explosive devices (IEDs).

Maute snipers and civilian hostages also hinder the government’s offensive against the terrorists.

“The intense firefight hinders our efforts to advance, to enter the area. These hindrances also include their use of IEDs, and snipers and other such tactics,” said the AFP spokesperson.

Padilla said the rebellion in Marawi City is now on its 107th day.

Although this has been the longest battle the soldiers have faced, the military is confident that the crisis in the city is already coming to an end.

“We are trying to end this clashes at the soonest possible time because what we want is to totally liberate the city of Marawi so that its residents could go back to their normal lives,” said Padilla.

As of current, the number of fatalities on the part of the government is at 145, while 649 were killed on the part of the Maute terrorist group. — Lea Ylagan | UNTV News & Rescue

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DOJ junks rebellion charges against Najiya Maute

by UNTV   |   Posted on Saturday, March 10th, 2018

Mug shot of Najiya Maute (CIDG-ARMM)

MANILA, Philippines —The Department of Justice (DOJ) has dismissed complaints against the wife of one of the leaders of the terror group Maute-ISIS.

Based on the resolution penned by Senior Assistant State Prosecutor Peter Ong, there is no sufficient evidence to file rebellion charges against Najiya Maute, the wife of Mohammad Khayyam Maute.

The DOJ explained that Najiya’s supposed delivery of food to members of the Maute group at a mosque in Marawi City is not a proof that she was involved in the rebellion.

The DOJ initially dismissed the complaints filed against her due to lack of evidence.

The agency gave the Philippine National Police (PNP) and Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) the chance to submit additional evidence, but they failed to attend the hearing last February. — UNTV News & Rescue

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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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AFP verifies report of 23 armed groups joining forces under ‘ISIS Philippines’

by UNTV   |   Posted on Tuesday, March 6th, 2018

FILE IMAGE: A screenshot of a video in the internet showing some allegedly Filipinos signifying alliance with the ISIS terrorist group.

MANILA, Philippines — The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) said the remaining terrorists are still recruiting and strengthening their forces.

Twenty-three armed groups are believed to have joined forces under the so-called “ISIS Philippines”.

However, the AFP is still verifying the said information.

The military is also looking into intelligence reports that a certain Abu Dar replaced Isnilon Hapilon as the emir of the Islamic State in Southeast Asia.

Abu Dar, a Maranao, was able to flee the clashes in Marawi City and is believed to have brought with him a huge sum of money.

“We are trying to confirm the veracity of that information. Yesterday, informal reports came in regarding the matter and I’m telling it to the intelligence community, operations and people on the ground we are trying to confirm that,” AFP spokesperson BGen. Bienvenido Datuin said.

The AFP noted that terrorists continue to recruit new members, organize, and re-train themselves.

The military and the police are also verifying a circulating text message, saying terrorists are planning to bomb six cities.

The said text message states a leaked copy of the Philippine National Police (PNP) Region X in Cagayan de Oro City.

“We are closely monitoring them to make sure that they will not conduct or execute any atrocities or terroristic actions within the metropolis or any urban areas,” said the AFP spokesperson.

“This is being validated, but this should not be a cause of panic or alarm among our citizens. If we are talking about Mindanao, so we could protect the people there. Here in our area, in Visayas and Luzon, the security forces, the military, the intelligence community and the PNP are on top of the situation. We are doing our part in seeing to it that our people will be protected,” said PNP spokesperson PCSupt. John Bulalacao. — Lea Ylagan | UNTV News & Rescue

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