The relief operations and humanitarian operations in the besieged Marawi City are expected to accelerate after Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has approved to set-up a “peace corridor, an official said on Wednesday.
Human rights group Karapatan reported that the first week of Martial Law has resulted into extrajudicial killings and displacement in communities.
Dabawenyos submit themselves for inspection at the night market in Roxas Avenue as the city’s security measures continue to tighten a week after the declaration of Martial Law in Mindanao Tuesday, May 30. (Robby Joy D. Salveron/davaotoday.com)
ISIS IS REAL. Graffiti on this building indicates that the ISIS, together with the Maute group positioned and occupied this street in Marawi City. (Alexander Lopez/davaotoday.com)
“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.