Month: November 2017

Loksadatu, Marawi City – Another successful effort done by the people and the security forces in Marawi City when one foreign national was arrested due to the suspicion that he is a straggler and member of the ISIS around 06:30am this morning at Brgy. Moriatao Luksadato, Marawi City.  The foreign individual was determine to be an Indonesian national who tried to escape and hide from the security forces in an attempt to get away from the main battle area based on the investigation.  The said foreign national was turned over by the Barangay Peace Action Team (BPAT) of the said to the PNP and AFP for further investigation.

The suspected Indonesian terrorist namely Mohammad Ilyham Shayaputra was seen walking in Brgy Loksadato seemingly weak and whose clothes were wet. When the people asked him where he came from, he introduced himself as a military intelligence operative. That was when the people informed their BPAT’s in the barangay, who immediately arrested the suspicious looking individual and later surrendered the arrested person to the authority.

In Zia Alonto’s statement on the arrest of the said Foreign ISIS fighter says “The arrest of Indonesian National involved in the siege of Marawi in the morning of Nov. 1 by the Barangay Peacekeeping Action Team (BPAT) of Brgy. Loksadatu validates the LGUs position that civilian participation is essential in our collective effort to secure our communities from terrorist elements. Crucial in our security effort to fully restore normalcy in the controlled area is to maintain vigilance by our residents. We must develop and strengthen the civilian security plan as proposed by the Provincial Peace and Order Council of Lanao del Sur to inspire further people’s initiative in order to complement our state forces’ on-going clearing operation down to the barangay level.”

The Barangay Peace Action Team (BPAT) were trained and organized by the Joint Task Group RANAO, now Joint Task Force RANAO, to facilitate the security of each barangay in the controlled areas in Marawi city. This efforts were started during the crisis to help the security forces (PNP and AFP) in conducting security operations and the fast facilitation of needed services for the crisis. They underwent security training which was facilitated by the instructors from JTG RANAO under the JTF MARAWI.

Before the campaign against ISIS-Inspired Maute group, many videos and propaganda  came out in the social media inviting and recruiting ISIS members to go to Southeast Asia specifically to the Philippines to join the establishment of the Islamic Caliphate in the country. The existence of foreigners who joined the said campaign was proven when the Piagapo Clash happened last April this year where foreigners were believed to have died.

With this effort the people of Marawi are now vigilant and prepared to defend their community against terror groups like the Maute-Hapilon group, as they slowly recover from the crisis that they experienced.

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Mindanao Peace Advocate and popular actor Robin Padilla recently launched “Tindig Marawi”, his personal advocacy to help rebuild the war-torn city and provide support for its people in terms of shelter and livelihood opportunities.

Explaining why the Marawi Siege that lasted for five months has impacted him in a big way, Padilla said: “Ang Mindanao at kapayapaan ay dalawang bagay na malapit sa aking puso.”

Unknown to many, Padilla has already started helping the people of Marawi since the war started last May by reaching out to friends, relatives, and private companies to gather relief goods for those displaced by the war. Padilla also recently donated Php5 million for the psycho-social intervention of the kids of Marawi and personally distributed Php5 million worth of relief goods to affected families.

Despite these efforts, Padilla admits that the people of Marawi need so much more help.
Padilla created the “Tindig, Marawi” movement to create heightened awareness on the critical needs of the people of Marawi despite the recent government’s declaration on the end of the Marawi siege.

In a press conference at the Ilustrado Restaurant in Manila, Padilla said that the worst thing that could happen is for the public to forget that the people of Marawi still needs everyone’s help, especially at this time of rebuilding.

“Ang Tindig Marawi po ay isang kilusan, hindi poi to pansariling pagkilos ko lamang. Inaanyayahan ko po ang lahat na tumulong para sa pagbangon at pagtindig na muli ng Marawi. Natapos man po ang digmaan, napakalaki pa rin po ng kanilangang pangangailangan. Bahay, hanapbuhay, pagkain, ospital, paaralan—napakarami pong nawasak sa Marawi at malawakang pagtulong po ang kailangan para makatindig silang muli,” Padilla said.

Padilla said that he hopes to use “Tindig, Marawi” as a springboard to generate more support from private individuals, corporations and organizations to support and help in the rebuilding of Marawi.

At the launching, Bhavna Suresh, managing director and Chief Executive Officer of the global property portal Lamudi, signed a memorandum of understanding to officially partner with the Tindig Marawi program, particularly in the establishment of a portal that will help serve as a fund-raising platform for the rebuilding of shelters in Marawi.

Lito Villanueva, managing director of the financial technology company FINTQ, is also collaborating with Tindig Marawi through the “Pabuhay” component where they commit to assist the Marawi victims regain their livelihood and facilitate organic farming and micro business training through their program, KasamaKa. They will also kickstart the Tindig Marawi Livelihood Fund, hoping to raise a minimum of P10 million which will be used to provide seed money to the people of Marawi so they could start and rebuild their businesses.

Also present during the press conference was Interfaith peace advocate Dr. Potre Diampuan who shared with the media the three things that the Maranaos need at this time – Shelter, Subsistence and Sustainability.

“Umaasa ako na sana’y itong proyekto nating Tindig Marawi ay maka-antig sa puso ng ating mga kababayan na tumulong sa mga kapatid nating naapektuhan sa katatapos lang na labanan sa Marawi,” Padilla said.

Some of Padilla’s colleagues in the industry, such as actor Piolo Pascual and director Joyce Bernal, have already donated to the Tindig Marawi fund and Padilla hopes that more people will follow suit.

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