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Australia donates nearly P800 million for Marawi
Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop says this donation will be given to the Philippines over a period of 4 years

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Published 4:05 PM, August 08, 2017
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MANILA, Philippines – Australia on Tuesday, August 8, said it is donating nearly P800 million to help rebuild the besieged city of Marawi, on top of P34 million that it earlier gave.

In a media release, Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said Australia will give this P799-million (AUD 20 million) donation to the Philippines over a period of 4 years.

Bishop made this announcement on the sidelines of the 50th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) meetings hosted by the Philippines.

The announcement came after Bishop met with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday, August 7 – their second meeting for the year, which covered the Marawi crisis.

Bishop said: "Australia remains committed to supporting the peace process and development in Muslim Mindanao, which are critical for a strong, stable Philippines, and our assistance will complement the existing programs and priorities of the Philippine government."

The Australian foreign minister said Australia's support will provide child protection and counseling services for around 360,000 Marawi residents forced to flee their homes.

She added that it "will also fund small-scale infrastructure projects for communities around Marawi including provision of clean drinking water and repair of local roads."

Aside from this, Australia "will assist community peace-building efforts and strengthen local capacity to resist and counter extremism."

In June, Bishop already announced that Australia would donate P34.95 million (AUD 920,000) in food and other supplies for more than 320,000 people displaced by ongoing clashes in Marawi City. – Rappler.com


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Russia, Japan, Australia vow help for Marawi
BY JEFFERSON ANTIPORDA, TMT ON AUGUST 9, 2017

THE Philippines will soon receive various types of assistance from Russia, Japan and Australia to boost its fight against terrorism and illegal drugs and ease the suffering of displaced families in Marawi City.

Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano said the giving of assistance was discussed during his meetings with foreign ministers of the three countries at the sidelines of the 50th Asean Foreign Ministers’ Meeting (AMM) and other related meetings hosted by the Philippines.

Cayetano said he and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov agreed to expedite negotiations on several bilateral agreements that would boost the Philippines’ capability in dealing with terrorism, illegal narcotics and criminality.

“Minister Lavrov and I both agreed to fast track negotiations for pending bilateral agreements, particularly on military-technical cooperation, illegal narcotics and law enforcement,” he said.

The Philippines and Russia have signed 10 agreements since President Rodrigo Duterte’s official visit to Moscow in May.

Cayetano said Moscow offered to help improve the capabilities of the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the Philippine National Police in dealing with the threat posed by Islamic State-affiliated terrorist groups operating in Mindanao.

“Russia’s offer to assist is of vital importance to the Philippines, especially given its great expertise, vast experience and modern equipment in dealing with terrorism and other security concerns,” the foreign affairs secretary said.

During the meeting, the two foreign ministers also discussed trade and investment, education and research and other areas of cooperation that the Philippines and Russia could explore.

Japan also offered to provide assistance to help the Philippines fight terrorists in Mindanao. The assistance will be in addition to the P100 million aid that Japan vowed for those displaced by the fighting in Marawi City.

Meanwhile, the Australian government promised to provide $20 million, to be given in four years, to ease civilian suffering caused by the siege in Marawi City and contribute to peace-building in the area.

The donation is in addition to the emergency food and other supplies valued at $920,000 sent in June. The supplies, including tarpaulins, sleeping mats, mosquito nets, and water and sanitation kits, were coursed through the Philippine Red Cross.



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211 firearms from China now being used in Marawi –police
Published August 9, 2017 6:28pm



At least 210 firearms donated by China are now being used in Marawi City where government forces are fighting members of the ISIS-inspired Maute group, the head of the joint task group of the Philippine National Police said Wednesday.

Senior Superintendent Rolando Anduyan said the police assigned in Marawi are now using a total of 210 M-4 type 5.56 rifles and one Dragunuv sniper rifle.

“Okay naman, hindi naman nagja-jam ‘yung mga baril,” he said when asked by reporters in Camp Crame.

Anduyan, also deputy director for operations of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao Police, was at the PNP national headquarters as one of the special individual awardees during the 116th Police Anniversary.

He was recognized for his exemplary performance on crisis management in Marawi City as commander of the Joint Task Group which led the successful conduct of law enforcement and offensive operations with the Armed Forces of the Philippines against the Maute terror group.

China donated P370 million worth of firearms and ammunition to the country.

PNP chief Director General Ronald dela Rosa earlier said the firearms will be sent to Mindanao to arm his men fighting the terrorist group. —Amita Legaspi/KBK/KVD, GMA News



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Australia donates nearly P800 million for Marawi
Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop says this donation will be given to the Philippines over a period of 4 years

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Published 4:05 PM, August 08, 2017
Updated 9:23 PM, August 08, 2017



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TOP DIPLOMAT. Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop attends ASEAN meetings hosted by the Philippines. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler


MANILA, Philippines – Australia on Tuesday, August 8, said it is donating nearly P800 million to help rebuild the besieged city of Marawi, on top of P34 million that it earlier gave.

In a media release, Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said Australia will give this P799-million (AUD 20 million) donation to the Philippines over a period of 4 years.

Bishop made this announcement on the sidelines of the 50th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) meetings hosted by the Philippines.

The announcement came after Bishop met with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday, August 7 – their second meeting for the year, which covered the Marawi crisis.

Bishop said: "Australia remains committed to supporting the peace process and development in Muslim Mindanao, which are critical for a strong, stable Philippines, and our assistance will complement the existing programs and priorities of the Philippine government."

The Australian foreign minister said Australia's support will provide child protection and counseling services for around 360,000 Marawi residents forced to flee their homes.

She added that it "will also fund small-scale infrastructure projects for communities around Marawi including provision of clean drinking water and repair of local roads."

Aside from this, Australia "will assist community peace-building efforts and strengthen local capacity to resist and counter extremism."

In June, Bishop already announced that Australia would donate P34.95 million (AUD 920,000) in food and other supplies for more than 320,000 people displaced by ongoing clashes in Marawi City. – Rappler.com


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The donation is about 1% concern of Marawi people, 4% concern of terrorism spreading in the region and 95% padulas in case the tension in Nokor escalates to an actual war.


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AFP enters critical stage in Marawi offensive
By Roel Pareño (The Philippine Star) | Updated August 10, 2017 - 12:00am

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ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines – The battle for Marawi has entered the final, critcal phase, according to the military.


Capt. Jo-Ann Petinglay, spokesperson for the Western Mindanao Command (Westmincom), said eight soldiers have been killed since Aug. 2 as the final phase of military operations to flush out Maute militants began.

“As of (Tuesday) night, it is with grief that we report 122 soldiers were already killed due to the continuous fighting in the main battle area,” Petinglay said.

She stressed the troops are facing a suicidal enemy in the last stages of the campaign.

“As our soldiers advance and get closer to the main objective, anything can happen. The situation is getting more critical,” she said.

Petinglay said the troops had encountered some 70 heavily armed militants in close-quarter combat.

The military said the presence of about 50 to 70 civilian hostages is compounding the problem.

Troops rescued three civilians who were able to run away during the fighting.

Petinglay said the fighting had been confined to a square kilometer general area where the terrorists are still holed up.

She reported the troops have killed 539 militants and recovered 607 firearms since the fighting broke out on May 23.

She added civilian casualties stood at 45 with 1,728 non-combatants rescued.

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Families of soldiers killed in the Marawi campaign will receive P1 million in cash on top of the benefits coming from the government, Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) chief Gen. Eduardo Año said yesterday.

Año handed out the P1 million cash to surviving family members of five fallen soldiers in yesterday’s ceremonial turnover at AFP headquarters at Camp Aguinaldo.

An unnamed donor deposited the amount in the account of AFP Marawi Casualty at Landbank of the Philippines. The account was opened in June for those who have expressed desire to help the families of soldiers who died in battle.

“On behalf of the AFP, our soldiers and their families, I wish to commend the generosity of our benefactor who chose to remain anonymous despite the enormity of this gesture,” Año said.

AFP Public Affairs Office chief Col. Edgard Arevalo said the anonymous donor deposited an initial P98 million to the Land Bank account.

He said the donor also pledged to give P1 million to the families of soldiers who might be killed in action in Marawi until the last day of the military campaign.

“The lone philanthropist donor who wished to remain anonymous despite the large amount of financial aid, pledged and actually donated P1 million each to the kin of our brave soldiers who paid the ultimate sacrifice fighting to wrest Marawi City from terrorists’ control,” Arevalo said.

Año also handed out the same amount of cash donations to each family of three soldiers who died fighting in Marawi during his visit at Camp Evangelista in Cagayan de Oro City.

“What is immensely admirable with this anonymous donor, apart from his or her selflessness in giving away such an enormous sum of money, is the expressed commitment to provide P1 million each to the families of soldiers who may be killed in action, God forbid, in the continuing crisis,” Arevalo said.

The remaining amount of donations will be turned over by the AFP leadership to major services to fast-track distributions of the financial assistance to the families of the remaining soldiers who died fighting in Marawi, Arevalo said.

Marawi rehab

Lawmakers, on the other hand, created a special committee to assess and review the reconstruction and rehabilitation of Marawi City.

The chamber approved a resolution filed by Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III and Sen. Joseph Victor Ejercito creating the special committee.

“The special committee would assess and investigate the extent of damage to the properties, infrastructure and facilities such as roads, bridges, schools, hospitals, buildings and other structures in Marawi City,” the resolution said.

“It will also study the estimated cost of construction and rehabilitation of the damaged properties, infrastructure and facilities or other matters that may be necessary for the reconstruction and rehabilitation of Marawi City,” it said. – With Jaime Laude, Paolo Romero, Edu Pun




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4 barangays in Misamis Oriental town under state of calamity due to NPA recruitment
Published August 9, 2017 10:09am
Updated August 9, 2017 11:12am



Four villages in Opol, Misamis Oriental were placed under a state of calamity due to the reported ongoing recruitment of residents into the New People's Army (NPA).

Opol Mayor Maximo Seno said the local government issued the declaration on Tuesday.

Superintendent Lemuel Gonda, spokesman of the Northern Mindanao police, said the areas placed under state of calamity were barangays Tingalan, Cauyunan, Limonda and Nangcaon.

The mayor said a total of 107 families or 449 people from the four villages have been evacuated to the town's central evacuation center.

He said that the residents in the four villages were being paid by suspected NPA members to join the communist movement. —reports from Michael Tolang and Amita Legaspi/ALG/KVD, GMA News




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10 Maute terrorists reinforce comrades in Marawi – sources
Ron Gagalac, ABS-CBN News
Posted at Aug 12 2017 11:05 AM | Updated as of Aug 12 2017 01:19 PM

MARAWI CITY – Around 10 members of the Islamic State-linked Maute group have snuck into
Marawi City to reinforce comrades battling state forces in the conflict zone, multiple sources
told ABS-CBN News

The military neither confirmed nor denied the report but said government troops are ready
for such possibility.

`This battle for Marawi will take longer, much longer as the terrorist seem to be better-trained
/suited for urban warfare than govt. forces who are more experienced in rural or jungle warfare.

kung binomba na nila yang mga mosque nuon na ginagamit na sniper, machinegun nest
di na tatagal pa ang resistance at mauubos na sila. Isa pa, tanggapin na nila ang offer ng
mga kano for drone-bombing - mas accurate, precise kesa sa ov-10 broncos.

'wag na maarte at ma-pride pa ang admin./AFP.'

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Maute patriarch dies after blood pressure shoots up – BJMP
By: Philip C. Tubeza - @inquirerdotnetPhilippine Daily Inquirer / 09:49 PM August 27, 2017

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Maute group top leader Cayamora Maute, 67 years old, who was intercepted at Sirawan Toril checkpoint by Task Force Davao is escorted by Regional Director Supt. Manue Gaerlan, PNP PRO XI, after a press conference at DCPO Conference Room on June 6, 2017. ARJOY M. CENIZA

Cayamora Maute
Maute group top leader Cayamora Maute, 67 years old, who was intercepted at Sirawan Toril checkpoint by Task Force Davao is escorted by Regional Director Supt. Manue Gaerlan, PNP PRO XI, after a press conference at DCPO Conference Room on June 6, 2017. ARJOY M. CENIZA

Published: 9:41 p.m., Aug. 27, 2017 | Updated: 9:49 p.m., Aug. 27, 2017

The patriarch of the Maute clan died on Sunday in a government hospital where he was taken after his blood pressure shot up, according to the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP).

Senior Insp. Xavier Solda, BJMP spokesperson, said Cayamora Maute died at around 3:07 p.m. after he was brought to the Taguig-Pateros District Hospital.


“The initial report that we received was that his blood pressure shot up,” Solda said in an interview.

“Our nurse was constantly monitoring his situation and he was brought to the hospital, which is nearby, after his pulse rate dropped,” he added. “I still don’t have his death certificate and so I can’t say if he was declared dead on arrival.”

Besides having hypertension, the Maute patriarch was diagnosed with diabetes and hepatitis.

Cayamora Maute’s relatives had requested that the body be brought to Quiapo in Manila, Solda said.
The Maute patriarch was detained at the BJMP jail complex in Camp Bagong Diwa, Taguig after he was arrested in Davao on June 6 with his second wife Kongan Balawag, daughter Norjanah, son-in-law Benzarali Tingao and driver Aljon Ismael.

Ismael was later released.

Task Force Davao discovered a grenade and a .45-caliber pistol in their vehicle.

Two of Cayamora’s sons – Omarkhayam and Abdullah – led the group of terrorists that overran Marawi City on May 23. The government alleged that Cayamora was also involved in the group’s activities. /atm




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Posted at Aug 31 2017 02:58 AM | Updated as of Aug 31 2017 03:02 AM



Loud explosions can be heard from the Lanao del Sur Provincial Capitol as a phalanx of journalists got ready to descend on the center of Marawi City on Wednesday, while heavy fighting still continued unabated in the main battle area.

Escorted by dozens of troops and armored vehicles, Wednesday was when the media got its closest look on the damage wrought by 100 days of fighting.

The Marawi that greeted the group is far from the city that has been the proud center of Islamic culture, not only for the native Maranaos, but the whole Muslim community in the Philippines.

Marawi is the only Islamic city in the Philippines and that reflected in the architecture, culture, and identity of the city.

But all that has been pounded to ashes. The few structures that are remaining are unrecognizable, pockmarked by bomb damage and bullet holes.

Armed Forces of the Philippines Western Command Chief Carlito Galvez estimated that Marawi City will be liberated in “two to three weeks."

In the meantime, the bombings and exchange of gunfire between government forces and the Maute terrorist group continue in the main battle area. These images are just a glimpse of what is left of the Marawi City we once knew.


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3 soldiers die, 52 others hurt as fresh clashes erupt in Marawi
By: Jeoffrey Maitem - @inquirerdotnetInquirer Mindanao / 10:58 AM September 01, 2017

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MARAWI CITY—At least three soldiers were killed and 52 others were wounded as fighting between government security forces and Islamic State-inspired militants continued on the eve of Eid’l Adha here, a military official confirmed Friday.

Joint Task Force Marawi and Western Mindanao Command Spokesperson Captain Jo-ann Petinglay told the Inquirer that the fighting in the frontline was intense the whole day on Thursday.

“It’s not just in one location. It happened in separate locations inside the main battle area,” Petinglay said.

She said most of the casualties were brought about by improvised explosive devices planted by Maute and Abu Sayyaf militants on paths where the soldiers were expected to pass.

The fresh death toll brought to 136 the total number of deaths incurred by the government since fighting started here on May 23. JPV



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Army captures 2 suspected NPA rebels, seizes 18 assault rifles
By: Edwin Fernandez, Karlos Manlupig - @inquirerdotnetInquirer Mindanao / 01:18 PM September 01, 2017


KIDAPAWAN CITY—Government security forces arrested two suspected communist rebels and seized from them over a dozen assault rifles here on Friday.

Colonel Harold Argamosa, commander of the Army’s 39th Infantry Battalion, said the two men—who initially claimed to be farmers when accosted—were caught around 5 a.m. after burying 18 pieces of M-16 Armalite rifles and two hand grenades in Barangay Katipunan.

“They were surprised, they did not expect us and about 50 meters from where they were accosted was the guns’ burial site,” Argamosa said.


He identified the two suspected New Peoples’ Army guerillas as Wowie Tagapia Boton, 19; and George Landungan Cuyo, 20, both residents of Barangay Katipunan.

Argamosa said the village was listed in the military’s “hot spot” due to heavy presence of communist guerillas belonging to the Guerilla Front 53.

He said the arrest of the two NPA members has validated an earlier intelligence report indicating the presence of two men with huge number of firearms in the village.

“The 18 Armalite rifles were placed in two separate drums. I would like to commend the informant, who provided us the timely and accurate information,” Argamosa said. JPV



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4 killed in clash between govt troops, NPA in Nueva Vizcaya
BY LEANDER C. DOMINGO, TMT ON SEPTEMBER 1, 2017


BAMBANG, Nueva Vizcaya – At least four people were killed in an encounter between government troops and the communist New People’s Army (NPA), which took place in a town here before noon on Friday, police said.

The fatalities were identified as Staff Sergeant Dexter John Tagacay of Tumauini, Isabela; Corporal Jayson Sabado of Lupao, Nueva Ecija, Corporal Rusty Galan and Private First Class Abraham Lindo — all from the 84th Infantry Battalion of the Philippine Army based in Dupax del Norte town of the 7th Infantry Division.

A belated report said that a certain Corporal Jerby Soriano was wounded and another whose identify could not be confirmed was rushed to a nearby hospital in Kasibu town.

Police said the clash took place in the remote Sitio (sub-village) of Bilongay in Barangay (Village) Paquet, near the boundary of Sitio Maglan in Barangay Dine. The firefight lasted noontime.

Many residents of Paquet and Dine Villages were known as anti-mining advocates who stopped the exploration of an Australian mining firm called Royalco a few years ago.

There were reports of massive protest and sabotage in the area against Royalco by residents who collaborated with some members of the of the Bugkalot and Igorot tribes.

An army intelligence officer said the encounter confirmed reports that the communist rebels were rebuilding their mass base in Kasibu.

Kasibu, an upland town in southern Nueva Vizcaya, is a copper and gold rich mountain area and host to a Melbourne-based mining company OceanaGold.

Local small-scale miners are also active in the town particularly in Sitio Ambedbed in Barangay Paquet.

It was towards the end of the 1990s when the last encounter between the military and communist rebels was reported resulting in the death of an NPA commander known as “Ka Boyet”.


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100 IS militants spotted in Buldon, Maguindanao – MILF
By: Jeoffrey Maitem - @inquirerdotnetInquirer Mindanao / 09:32 PM September 01, 2017

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FILE – As Soldier walks inside a house with Islamic State markings indicating it had been occupied by terrorists in Marawi City. —JEOFFREY MAITEM


MARAWI CITY — President Rodrigo Duterte’s claim of around 100 fully-armed Islamic State-inspired militants being sighted in hinterlands of Buldon, Maguindanao had been verified, the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) said on Friday.

Duterte, in a speech before soldiers in Davao City on the same day, said he feared a spillover of the Marawi crisis because of the sighting of the armed men in Buldon, a Maguindanao town near Lanao del Sur.

Von Al Haq, the MILF spokesperson, told the Inquirer by phone they asked their men to immediately verify Duterte’s claim and it turned out positive.


But Al Haq said they were still not certain if the armed men were planning to reinforce Maute gunmen here.

“They could be heading to Butig town because it’s just near Buldon or in Maguindanao,” Al Haq said.

Butig, a town of Lanao del Sur, was the birth place of the Maute group.

“We cannot just mobilize our forces to hunt down these militants because we also have an ongoing campaign in other parts of Maguindanao against extremist groups. We need resources and bullets,” Al Haq said.

Duterte said he was already considering lifting martial law in Mindanao earlier than December 31 but changed his mind due to the situation in Buldon.

“I was thinking that we could, you know, lift it earlier. But the way it looks, parang may spillover na sa ARMM eh, sa Buldon,” Duterte said at the 11th founding anniversary of the Eastern Mindanao Command in Davao City.

“Let us see. If it is to the interest of the country that I will lift it, I will lift it. But if not, then we’ll just have to continue with the martial law,” he added.

Congress extended on July 22 Duterte’s request to extend martial law in Mindanao until the end of 2017.


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