Duterte tightens the screws on Mindanao extremists

Neighbors on alert to keep Islamic State-linked militants from spilling out JUN ENDO and TAKASHI NAKANO MANILA/SINGAPORE As the Philippine military enters the final stretch of its mission to liberate the city of Marawi from Islamist rebels, the challenge for President Rodrigo Duterte is to prevent the violence from spilling beyond the southern island of Mindanao. […]

Abu Sayyaf leader’s escape from Marawi unverified – AFP

By: Allan Nawal MARAWI CITY – The military said it has received reports that Abu Sayyaf leader Isnilon Hapilon might have already escaped from the city but made it clear that none of these reports had been verified yet. “Yes we have received reports pertaining to this issue, of the possible escape of (Isnilon) Hapilon but […]

‘Maute holding on to 20% of Marawi’

By Roel Pareño IS praises Marawi siege ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines – Maute and Abu Sayyaf militants in Marawi are holed up only in four barangays of the city, contrary to claims by the Islamic State (IS) that the local terror group now has control over almost the entire city, Western Mindanao Command (Westmincom) chief Lt. […]

Martial Law Comes to Mindanao

Glimpses of the Philippines’ offensive against militants in Marawi City. By Jeoffrey Maitem Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has declared martial law in the southern Philippines in response to a burst of militant activity. Islamic State-linked militants had taken full control of Marawi City in Mindanao. The military reported that 13 soldiers, two policemen, and 41 militants had been killed […]

Troops clash with terror groups in Marawi City

The situation worsens towards evening as the Maute Group occupies a public hospital – the Amai Pakpak Medical Center By Carmela Fonbuena Clashes erupted in Marawi City on Tuesday afternoon, May 23, as the military moved to hunt down “high-value targets” belonging to the Maute Group and the Abu Sayyaf Group. At least 5 security forces […]