AFP pays tribute to soldiers killed, wounded in Marawi City fighting

MANILA, Philippines–The Armed Forces of the Philippine (AFP) on Monday paid tribute to the 15 soldiers killed and 61 others wounded in the ongoing clearing operations against remaining Maute Group terrorists still hiding in Marawi City, Lanao Del Sur. AFP public affairs office chief Col. Edgard Arevalo said “The AFP pays tribute to the 15 …

Navy deploys BRP Tarlac to transport supplies in Marawi City

MANILA, Philippines— Full speed ahead. This was the apparent message of the Philippine Navy (PN) as it dispatched Monday the BRP Tarlac (LD-601), its first strategic sealift vessel, to transport military vehicles and other supplies which is essential to dislodging the Maute Group terrorists in Marawi City, Lanao Del Sur. PN spokesperson Capt. Lued Lincuna …

SPMC sending medical team to augment Marawi doctors.

DAVAO CITY, Philippines–The government’s biggest hospital here Southern Philippines Medical Center (SPMC) is sending medical team in Marawi City, Lanao del Norte. Dr. Ricardo Audan, SPMC chief of clinics revealed preparation in underway to augment the need for surgical, medical and psychosocial in Marawi. The team will include an ortho-surgeon, emergency medical doctors, two anesthesiologists, …

DTI announces areas under price control in Mindanao, warns vs profiteering

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) is informing all consumers and retailers that prices of basic necessities in an area proclaimed or declared under martial law shall be automatically frozen at their prevailing prices or placed under automatic price control. DTI said the price control is pursuant to Section 6 of …

Mindanaoans told : Be calm

Davao City, Philippines—A Mindanao Catholic cardinal asked the people in the whole of Mindanao island to stay to be calm in the face of Martial Law. Cotabato Archbishop Cardinal Orlando Quevedo in a statement in behalf of Mindanao Bishops urged “Be obedient to the just commands of lawful authority, and not to provoke violent reaction.” …

Davao City: Zero Crime, 24-hours after Martial Law declaration

DAVAO CITY, Philippines– Police blotters here are empty. The pages of the official logbook or blotters in various  police precincts are empty, there was no reported crime in the city during the last 24-hours since Martial Law was declared. The  police office showed GMA Davao’s 24-Oras the transmittal of their logbook reflecting the supposed crime …

DSWD provides relief assistance to the people of Marawi

Davao City, Philippines–The Social Services Department sent 10,000 family food packs for the people of Marawi from the  National Resource Operations Center. DSWD Secretary Judy Taguiwalo said  the number of families affected was provided by DSWD in ARMM. Taguiwalo added “The DSWD is ready to provide relief assistance to the people of Marawi and to …

Good cop killed in Marawi siege, left grieving family with two young children

DAVAO CITY, Philippines– A dedicated police officer, a loving brother and family man was killed Wednesday night in the Marawi siege. At the height of the fight last night, a family in Baguio City lost a husband and a father–Police Senior Inspector Fredie Solar! Solar, 28, so young, is a graduate of PNPA Sansinirangan class …

WHAT IS MARTIAL LAW?

DAVAO CITY–The word of the day is Martial Law. Below are definitions to guide us to understand the meaning and essence of the declaration. From Wikipedia: Martial law is the imposition of direct military control of normally civilian functions of government, especially in response to a temporary emergency such as invasion or major disaster, or …

Marcelino willing to testify on drug raps vs De Lima — PAO chief

MANILA — Marine Lt. Col. Ferdinand Marcelino is willing to testify against former Justice Secretary and detained Senator Leila De Lima on the drug charges filed against her by the Department of Justice. This was bared by Public Attorneys Office (PAO) chief Persida Acosta, Marcelino’s legal counsel. ”Anytime sabi niya, he can testify. Pero kung …