Duterte is using a sledgehammer to take on a job that is properly accomplished with precision tools. It is the convenient but indiscriminate weapon of an authoritarian leader.
Father Antonio Moreno urges vigilance 'so that the dark atrocities of martial law under Ferdinand Marcos not be repeated'
Unlike in 2009 when then president Gloria Macapagal Arroyo declared martial law in Maguindanao, Congress, now filled with Duterte allies, has no plans of convening to discuss his martial law declaration
For displaced Maranaos like Hayef, they keep on waiting – and wishing – for the skirmishes to end
The announcement comes almost 5 days after martial law was declared in Mindanao
In a statement that does not mention the 'sickening' joke, Presidential Spokesman Ernesto Abella says the Philippine leader just exaggerates in his speech to drive home a point
A student at the MSU main campus in Marawi, Mohammad Hayef Mokhtar jumped into a dump truck bound for its satellite campus in Iligan City to escape government clashes with local terrorist groups
Ayon sa 1987 Konstitusyon, maaring pigilan o palawigin ng Kongreso ang pagdeklara ng martial law. Maari ring pag-aralan o pigilan ng Korte Suprema ito.
Despite the back-and-forth between the CPP-NDF and defense officials, peace talks between the Philippine government and NDF continue in the Netherlands
The NCRPO remains on 'full alert' after the Marawi City clash that prompted President Rodrigo Duterte to declare martial law in Mindanao
'With all faiths, we pray that God restore and preserve peace in Mindanao,' says Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella
Questions must be asked now, before the freedom to ask is itself lost
'The people of Mindanao are tired. We are tired of daily conflicts and of being told that Mindanao is a dreadful place. We are tired of telling ourselves that this war will soon come to an end.'
Metro Pacific Investments Corporation (MPIC) – which holds power, water, rails, toll roads, logistics, and hospitals in its portfolio – will soon announce a 'big' investment in Mindanao
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General Eduardo Año says a key aspect of martial law is allowing the military to use private utilities, but that the Armed Forces will exercise discretion in doing so
Rappler correspondent Bobby Lagsa is one of the 3 photojournalists who are able to go around some parts of Marawi City on the 3rd day of the siege
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'We shall condemn any abuse of martial law and as in the past will condemn it outright if it goes in the way of evil,' the Catholic bishops of Mindanao say
Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana is administrator of martial law, reporting directly to the President. He will have 'several advisers for the areas of Mindanao.'
President Rodrigo Duterte also says he has ordered Presidential Adviser on OFWs Abdullah Mamao to see if some of the terrorists are willing to 'talk peace' with him
The son and namesake of the late strongman Ferdinand Marcos says President Rodrigo Duterte’s martial law proclamation in Mindanao is not an ‘overreaction’
The military insists today's martial law has a different context
In the report, the President explains that martial law over the entire Mindanao is necessary because of the Maute Group's intent to establish an ISIS province in the region
(UPDATED) In a separate statement released also on Friday, the Vice President, however, says there should be concrete measures to safeguard against abuse
''Pag alam ninyo na ito’y nakakasama at hindi nakakatulong, ‘wag 'nyo na ‘ho i-post. Baka minsan na lang, kakatukin na lang kayo ng pulis at aarestuhin kayo,' says AFP spokesman Brigadier General Restituto Padilla
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Former president Fidel V. Ramos says, 'We would be much higher now in the ranking of nations, in the appreciation of other nations about the Philippines, if we did not have martial law. As a military man, pagmasdan mo ang lalim ng sinasabi ko.'
'These are times when everything that can be shaken is being shaken, when institutions are being challenged to their very foundations, and basic ideas of decency and human dignity are being violated with great impunity,' Sereno says during commencement exercises at the Ateneo de Manila
The Philippine Coast Guard is also intensifying its security inspections on sea vessels docking in Negros Occidental, especially those from Mindanao
But the military insists this 'does not confirm the clear presence of ISIS' in the Philippines
Jan, 23, flees to safety after witnessing the horror at the Amai Pakpak Medical Center
'I urge you to speak out with truth even against the overwhelming tide of popular opinion...When you face threats to the sanctity of human rights or the stability of our democracy, give your all to protect these freedoms,' Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno says
Muslims who have decided to stay put in Marawi City will observe Ramadan amid gunfire and explosions
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And whoever says that Congress need not convene to deliberate on the matter had better read the Constitution again
The Constitution remains in effect even in times of emergency, such as during martial law. This means that rights during arrest or detention remain in place.
'We cannot let other groups take advantage of the crisis in Mindanao,' says QC Mayor Herbert Bautista, who chairs the Regional Peace and Order Council
This is perhaps the tactical objective of terrorists attacking democracies: to force countries into draconian measures by increasing the trade-off between security and freedom
At least 31 members of the Maute Group are killed, the Armed Forces of the Philippines says
The Philippines is now the ISIS 'epicenter' in Southeast Asia, terror analyst Rohan Gunaratna tells Rappler's Maria Ressa
President Rodrigo Duterte submits his report to the Senate and the House of Representatives on Thursday evening, May 25
'We urge our President to lift martial law at the soonest possible time,' says the National Council of Churches in the Philippines
Loud explosions and a fire started the day Thursday, May 25, as the military begins clearing operations
We need to block rather than support Duterte’s martial law in Mindanao in order to pave the way for a different kind of peace that will not just benefit Mindanaoans but all Filipinos
While declaring support for martial law, former president and now Manila Mayor Estrada tells President Duterte that peace talks, in his experience, do not work
(UPDATED) Solicitor General Jose Calida says they are confident they will be able to prove to the SC that martial law in Mindanao has sufficient basis