“Please rescue me, karon na” (right now). This was the frantic text message sent by teacher Ramel Miguel to Ricky Balilid, moments after the Salugpongan Ta Tanu Igkanogon Community Learning Center in Sitio Nasilaban, Talaingod, Davao del Norte was fired upon by a certain Rodel Buntanlog on Tuesday, 10 am.
A top health official in Lanao del Sur province confirmed on Monday two cases of death among the evacuees in the area due to diarrhea.
A total of 172 families or 1,025 individuals, including children, took refuge in a gymnasium here after the Maute Group attacked Marawi last May 23.
Loud bombs and gunshots marred the solemn observance of the country’s 119th year of Independence day in this war-torn part of the country.
Archbishop Emeritus Fernando Capalla of the Archdiocese of Davao said the desecration of the Church by terrorists in Marawi City is not just an act against religion, but against the right of people to worship.
Human rights group Karapatan reported that the first week of Martial Law has resulted into extrajudicial killings and displacement in communities.
KMU reported that government soldiers belonging to the Army’s 66th Infantry Battalion “forcibly occupied and camped” inside the Shin Sun packing plant on May 26, two days after the imposition of Martial Law. The soldiers had also “barged in the picket line” of striking Shin Sun workers just outside the banana plantation.
Two wives appealed to President Rodrigo Duterte to lift the Martial Law and the suspension of the writ of habeas corpus, after their husbands were suspected of being rebels and were forcibly taken by members of the Army’s 66th Infantry Battalion.
Human rights group Karapatan recorded a string of human rights violations perpetrated by the government soldiers days after the implementation of Martial Law in Mindanao.
A relative of a farmer who was accused of supporting the New People’s Army lamented his death as she called on the government forces to stop tagging farmers as rebels.