Philippine troops retake most of Marawi

Fighting now limited to 2 villages amid reports terror group’s leader killed By Hader Glang ZAMBOANGA CITY The fight against the Daesh-linked Maute group in Marawi is down to just two villages as the offensive entered its 71st day, the military said Tuesday. Military spokesman Brig. Gen. Restituto Padilla said the military is working to […]

Indonesia reaffirms support for PH’s fight vs. terrorism

By Argyll Cyrus Geducos Indonesian President Joko Widodo has reaffirmed his country’s commitment to help the Philippines fight the threat of terrorism in Mindanao, Malacañang said on Thursday. This came after it was revealed that President Duterte spoke with Widodo over the telephone Wednesday night to discuss security matters following the threat of the Islamic […]

Over 6,000 civilians flee to Eastern Mindanao

By JULIET C. REVITA A TOTAL of 6,379 evacuees, who were displaced due to the ongoing terrorist attack and armed clashes perpetrated by the Maute Terror Group, are in different areas of the Eastern Mindanao Command (Easmincom) to seek refuge. Brigadier General Gilbert Gapay, martial law spokesperson and deputy commander of Easmincom, said in their […]

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 […]

Philippines Terror Attack Threatens ASEAN Maritime Security

By Noel Tarrazona The unprecedented attack of the ISIS-backed militant group Maute Group in Marawi City in Mindanao, the Philippines, could mark the beginning of a new threat to Southeast Asian maritime security. The Maute group, also known as the Islamic State of Lanao, is a radical Islamist group composed of former Moro Islamic Liberation […]

Army arrests 11 Maute terror group members

Eleven suspected members of the Lanao del Sur-based Maute terror group were arrested by the military Monday morning, an official said. The raiding team, composed of personnel from the 6th Infantry Battalion (IB), also confiscated eight unlicensed high-powered firearms during the 5:15 a.m. raid on three houses in the village of Maragondong, Marogong town in […]