According to the Philippine government, the clashes began on 23 May 2017 during an offensive in Marawi to capture Isnilon Hapilon, the leader of the ISIS-affiliated Abu Sayyaf group, after receiving reports that Hapilon was in the city, possibly to meet with militants of the Maute group.
A firefight erupted when Hapilon’s forces opened fire on the combined Army and police teams and called for reinforcements from the Maute group, an armed group that pledged allegiance to the Islamic State and which is believed to be responsible for the 2016 Davao City bombing, according to military spokesmen.
Nobody knows the exact truth of what happened in Marawi but the five month ‘crisis’ (May 23 to Oct. 27, 2017) came at a time when authoritarian Philippines leader Rodrigo Duterte was facing impeachment and possible charges in the International Criminal Court. Involving US and Philippines bombing of the city the siege by troops loyal to Duterte left Marawi in total ruin.
The Philippines Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) according to data received by the United Nations officially reports (OCHAPhilippines_Humanitarian_Bulletin_No10_November_2017) a total displacement of 353,921 people as of 22 October, with an additional 3,648 people being validated. With reports of some displaced people excluded from DSWD’s Disaster Assistance Family Access Card (DAFAC) registry, Task Force Bangon Marawi has requested local authorities to revalidate the DAFAC registrations and submit revised lists to DSWD says the Philippine government.
It is not OK to Kill Non-Believers – a lesson from Marawi.
Published: Thu, 02 Nov 2017 00:54:53
Women and children in Lanao del Sur, Philippines have a lot to learn about the modern world and the ability of Civil Society volunteers to bring about change. Working together and appreciating the reasonable opinions of others is a door-opener … Continue reading