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The declaration of martial law in Mindanao dominates this week’s videos.
Rappler reporter Carmela Fonbuena reports about the plight of Muslims in Marawi, who now face the prospect of spending Ramadan apart from their families and away from their homes.
We all think we know about martial law, but here are the basics: Batas Militar 101. So we can separate fact from fiction.
But what’s the real deal on the ISIS in the Philippines? AFP Spokesman Resty Padilla gave us the convoluted line, “There’s [an] ISIS footprint but that does not confirm the clear presence of ISIS itself.” World terrorism expert based in Singapore Rohan Gunaratna tells Rappler, the Philippines is the epicenter of ISIS in Southeast Asia.
President Rodrigo Duterte comes up with another line destined to be played over and over again. “‘Pag nang-rape ka ng 3, aminin ko na akin ‘yun.” (If you rape 3, I will say I did it.“)
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For displaced Maranaos like Hayef, they keep on waiting – and wishing – for the skirmishes to end.
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.
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.
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.’
The Philippines is now the ISIS ‘epicenter’ in Southeast Asia, terror analyst Rohan Gunaratna tells Rappler’s Maria Ressa.
There is a feeling that this is not going to be over soon.
President Rodrigo Duterte says he may expand martial law to Luzon and Visayas if the threat of ISIS persists.
President Rodrigo Duterte cuts short his trip to Russia, as Maute Group members attack Marawi City in Mindanao.
The EU says there ‘is no lack of other countries’ to help if Europe is ‘not welcome to provide money’ to the Philippines.
Here are some of the funny and inspiring moments from the Facebook chief’s half-hour-long graduation address at his alma mater.