“We call on the remaining terrorists to surrender while there is an opportunity.” This was the statement issued by Armed Forces of the Philippines Spokesperson Brig. Gen. Restituto Padilla on Tuesday as he called on the remaining terrorists of the Islamic State-linked Maute group to surrender to the military authorities.
Martial Law spokesperson Brig. Gen. Restituto Padilla said the military and the police are “in complete control” of the situation in Marawi City, but declined to speculate whether or not 60 days of Martial Law will be enough.
President Rodrigo Duterte views the presentation showed by Armed Forces of the Philippines Chief of Staff Gen. Eduardo Año related to the current developments on the terror crisis in Marawi City during a meeting in Davao City on May 29, 2017. With them is Special Assistant to the President Christopher Lawrence Go. PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO
The Ateneo de Davao University condemns the violence and terrorism that victimized Marawi City. It was perpetrated by an extremist group that uses murder, hatred and destruction to propagate its ideology of religious intolerance. This violence is not confined to Marawi but increasingly threatens all the peoples of Mindanao-Sulu.
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.
With the expressed support of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) to fight against terrorism in Marawi, the Eastern Mindanao Command of the Armed Forces of the Philippines announced that they welcome any form of assistance.
Despite police pronouncements banning mass mobilizations during the Martial Law in Mindanao, members of organizations under the Bagong Alyansang Makabayan Southern Mindanao Region staged a rally along Roxas Avenue condemning the the declaration of Martial Law on Monday, May 29. The groups also marched to Rizal Park for a short program. (Paulo C. Rizal/davaotoday.com)
Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio requested for additional troops here in the city, an official said on Monday, May 29.
The answer is not controlling information and threatening the media and the public of censorship, but government’s ensuring that complete and accurate information is accessible to the public.