Marawi Special Reports

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Conclusion OFFICIALS agree that the speedy rehabilitation of Marawi City is crucial to restoring the community of hundreds of thousands of residents whose lives had been disrupted by five months of fighting between government troops and the Maute Group. Datu Abul Khayr Alonto, chairman of the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA),…

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First of a series NOW that Marawi City has been liberated, the government must launch a “very pro-active, relevant program to counter and prevent violent extremism,” according to the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP). “The battle for the liberation of Marawi is just the beginning of a continuing battle…

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THE government has yet to officially declare the defeat of IS-inspired Maute extremist group with the death of Isnilon Hapilon, the designated emir of the Islamic State (IS) in Southeast Asia, and Omarkhayam Maute during a daring military operation, but the military has stressed the need to strengthen security laws…

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ARMED Forces spokesman Maj. Gen. Restituto Padilla and security expert Richard Heydarian agreed that the presence of hostages made it difficult for the military to defeat the Maute group. Padilla said the military leadership could easily obliterate the Maute extremists if it wanted to, by flattening the buildings where the…

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Second part Sen. Juan Miguel Zubiri, who hails from Bukidnon in Mindanao, said it was easy for the Maute brothers to recruit members because of the high incidence of poverty. “You have to remember, Lanao del Sur is No. 2 in terms of poverty incidence in the country. Close to…

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First of a series (The Manila Times takes a deeper look into the armed struggle for control of Marawi City and the root causes of the IS-linked extremism in Mindanao in the following series, which opens today.) WHEN government troops finally rid Marawi City of terrorists, and when they have…