Month: July 2017

Philippine Army’s Sgt. Ronie M. Halasan brings a message of hope in his composition “Bangon Marawi.”

BANGON MARAWI
Lyrics & Music by Sgt. Ronie M. Halasan (OS) PA

I
Sa bayan kong sinilangan
Tahimik at sagana sa likas na yaman
Kristiyano at Muslim magkapatid ang turingan
Isang bansa, isang diwa, isang minimithi
Para sa isang bandila

II
Paglubog ng araw ako’y nabigla
Dahil bumalot ang kadiliman sa buong madla
Apoy lumilipad at putok ng baril umaalingaw-ngaw
Nagliyab, Sumabog at batang paslit
Sa awa’y sumisigaw

Marawi, bumangon ka
Tama na ang maling pakikibaka
Kapatid gumising ka!
Di ka ba naaawa sa bayan kong nagdurusa
Bumangon ka, Marawi
Kayang-Kaya natin ito
Oh, Bangon Marawi
Simulan na natin ngayon

III
Sa isang munting liwanag
Bayan ko’y humihingi ng konting awa at habag
Dahil sa mga taong sakim sa kayamanan at kapangyarihan
Bayan koy niyurakan at pinagkait ang
Kapayapaan at kaunlaran

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To show encouragement for our government troops, #SupportOurTroops walls are placed at several locations in Marawi City. Civilian stakeholders from various government and non-government sectors have taken the opportunity to express their support to our troops on the ground.

Brig. Gen. Rolly Bautista, Commander of Task Force Marawi said: “We deeply express our gratitude to all individuals, groups, and organizations who have been showing overwhelming support to our troops who are relentlessly exerting efforts and determination in our goal to wipe out terrorist elements in the city of Marawi.”

“With your support, your troops are greatly strengthened and motivated in our shared responsibility of pursuing of peace and development,” Brig. Gen. Bautista said.

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Camp Ranao, Marawi City, July 4, 2017 – Enemy strong points fall one by one while government troops gradually take over terrorist held structures. Government forces have successfully overran and taken control of Dansalan College, another Maute-Abu Sayyaf Group strongpoint on ground zero main battle area in Marawi yesterday, July 3, 2017.

Dansalan College is host to some high-rise structures that serve as machine gun nest and snipers’ vantage position of terrorist elements. As troops wrest control of the school, they recovered a Cal .50 heavy machinegun and 14 other high-powered firearms.

This brings to 410 the total number of firearms recovered by operating troops in the clearing operations to neutralize terrorists and criminal elements in Marawi City.

A cadaver of a foreign looking individual was also recovered by troops. It is believed that it is one of the reported foreign fighters from Singapore. A total of 11 suspected foreign fighters have been reportedly killed so far.

Dansalan College is one of the establishments taken and partially burned by Maute/ASG terrorist when they attacked the city on May 23, 2017.

This is the same school where the Maute brothers had their earlier education. The acts of destruction landed them in the most notorious and abhorred alumni list.

Brig. Gen. Rolly Bautisa, Commander of Joint Task Force Marawi said: “It will just be a matter of time when our soldiers will fully liberate Marawi from terrorists and criminal gangs who brought mayhem to this city. We owe this to our Maranao brothers and sisters. Our soldiers fully know what is at stake and we will strive together to neutralize these criminals in order to bring peace and normalcy in Marawi.”

As government forces continue to gain ground and foothold on enemy strongholds, a daily stream of civilians are being rescued while battle rages on. Government forces together with civilian counterparts have rescued a total of 1,717 trapped civilians as of this date.

Lt. Gen. Carlito Galvez Jr., Commander of Western Mindanao Command emphasized that the clearing operations put utmost consideration on the safety of trapped civilians.

“Our soldiers together with our civilian counterparts will do everything in their power to locate more trapped civilians and device steps to rescue as many as possible,” Lt. Gen Galvez said.

According to Lt. Galvez, about 300 to 500 civilians are still trapped in the conflict area from the original estimate of 2,000 to 2,500 in the early days.

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President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his message to the Filipino troops who are battling the Maute group and other local terrorist groups in Mindanao.

In his message at the Study Room in Malacañan Palace on July 3, 2017, the Commander-in-Chief commends the soldiers on the ground and assures them that government will provide for the needs of all the wounded soldiers and their bereaved families.

#ComfortableLifeForAll #DuterteOneYearInOffice

Message of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte
July 4, 2017

I am commending our troops of the Republic of the Philippines on the ground for your relentless efforts and determination in our goal to retake the city of Marawi from the Maute group and other local terrorist groups.

I enjoin the operating troops to carry on until our objective of wiping out these enemies of the state and the people has been achieved. I urge you to remain steadfast and alert as Martial Law in Mindanao will remain in effect to counter the persistence threat of terrorism and insurgency.

The people in Marawi will also need your assistance as they rebuild their lives and homes once military operations come to a conclusion. By fulfilling this, we must not let our guards down against the emergence of terrorism and banditry of the area.

Let us also honor and remember our fallen comrades. May their courage and bravery remind us the sacrifices asked of us as we go about the task a building peaceful nation.

Government assures all the wounded and all the bravery families that they needs attended to. The nation will never neglect the heroes of the republic. Let us all continue strive to build a stable, orderly and progressive society. Continue to work to make our shared dream a genuine lasting peace and reality. Continue to serve our country and the Filipinos. My salute goes to all of you there.

Maraming salamat at mabuhay kayong lahat. Hindi ko kayo kalimutan at hindi ko kayo pababayaan.

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CNN Philippines: Camille Abadicio reports: “When thinking about fighting, we often forget that a war recognizes no race, no social class and no gender. In Marawi, amongst those also fighting relentlessly are women. In this report, our Camille Abadicio pays tribute to these women risking their lives to regain the war-torn city.”

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