Duterte tells how the government misread Maute threat

In his re-appearance speech five days after he was not seen in public, President Duterte gave an explanation for the military’s “mis-appreciation” of intelligence report that has been blamed for the difficulty being encountered by government forces in the ongoing war against the Islamist militants in Marawi city. It will be recalled that Solicitor General […]

June 19, 2017  Tags: , , ,   Posted in: Military, Mindanao, Terrorism  36 Comments

Prayers for Marawi as we celebrate 119th Independence Day

The announcement of AFP Chief of Staff Gen. Eduardo Año that by today, as we celebrate our country’s 119th anniversary of independence, the Philippine flag will be flying in Marawi City, tells us of the challenges in keeping our country safe while maintaining a vibrant democracy. That a part of our country is not in […]

June 12, 2017  Tags: , , ,   Posted in: Military, Mindanao  10 Comments

Duterte bestows ISIS status on Maute group

By Charmaine Deogracias VERA Files Before May 23, 2017, the band of bandits operating in the Lanao area called Maute Group was nothing but an armed network of clans with familial ties to the Moro Islamic Liberation Front. But the Maute Group is now an international terrorist organization, thanks to President Rodrigo Duterte and his […]

May 31, 2017  Tags: ,   Posted in: Military, Terrorism  One Comment

Duterte: Maute Group committed act of rebellion in Marawi City

This story first came out in VERA Files. Please click here to see complete Martial Law declaration Report. For more VERA Files report about Martial Law in Mindanao please click to links below: Martial Law in Mindanao: A timeline VERA Files Fact Sheet: Explaining Martial Law Duterte allies in Congress support Martial Law; opposition calls […]

May 27, 2017  Tags: , ,   Posted in: Governance, Military  No Comments

“I will be harsh”- Duterte declares martial law in Mindanao

Click here: Know your rights under Martial Law What makes me happy.. I’m sad, but what makes me happy that I was able to have a last minute.. Hindi last minute but it was almost an hour, a last minute meeting with President Putin and I was able to communicate all the things that I […]

May 24, 2017  Tags: , ,   Posted in: Governance  2 Comments