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Dakila at walang hanggan naming Diyos, ang pag-asa ng lahat ng nilikha at ang bukal ng kapayapaan sa sanlibutan, kinikinilala namin na ikaw ang Diyos na makapangyarihan. Ang aming Ama na lumilingap sa kanyang mga anak sa mga panahong wala kaming masilungan at walang maintindihan sa mga nagaganap sa aming buhay.

Haplusin mo po kami o Diyos at payapain ang aming kalooban sa mga nangyayari sa aming bayan lalo na ang kaguluhang naghahari sa Marawi, Lanao del Sur at sa buong lupain sa Mindanao.

Patuloy po ninyong patatagin ang Hukbong Sandatahan ng Pilipinas sa pagpapanatili ng kaayusan, kaligtasan at kapayapaan sa aming bayan at panatilihing matibay na tanggulan ng mamamayan sa oras ng krisis, digmaan at rebelyong namamayani sa aming lipunan.

Gabayan po ninyo at ingatan ang aming mga kapatid na sundalo na lumalaban sa puwersa ng teroristang naghahasik ng gulo at kumikitil ng buhay ng mga inosente naming kababayan. Palakasin po ninyo ang kanilang loob at patatagin ang kanilang pagtitiwala sa Iyo. Ipag-adya mo po sila sa kapahamakan at hayaang makabalik sa kanilang pamilyang naghihintay. Idinadalngin din po naming ang mabilisang paggaling ng aming mga kapatid na sugatan sa labanan.

Inilalapit naming sa iyo o Dakilang Diyos, ang katahimikan ng mga kaluluwa ng aming mga kapatid na nasawi sa labanan, sundalo man o sibiliyan, nawa sa piling mo ay makasumpong sila ng walang hanggang kaahingahan at tunay na kapayapaan.

Hinihiling din naming Mapagkalingang Ama, na yakapin mo ang aming mga kababayan naiipit sa digmaan, maging muslim man o kristiyano man. Aliw upang sa lungkot at hirap ay makaalpas, at pag asa sa gitna ng panlulumo at pagwasak.

Idinadalangin namin mahabaging Diyos na umiral nawa ang batas sa Mindanao upang makamit namin ang tunay na diwa ng kapayapaan na siyang hangarin ng aming Panginoong Hesukristo bilang prinsepe ng kapayapaan. Amen.

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(Delivered on August 5, 2017 at “Sambatan” Forum at MSU-IIT, Iligan City)

Personally I would like to acknowledge and thank the organizers of this forum the Ranao Council, MSU-IIT, and PNP. In this is very important occasion, I am very grateful to be here in front of you speaking and representing the Armed Forces of the Philippines. The military’s role in the Marawi crisis is very crucial. We are here for you para ibangon muli natin ang Marawi City.

Since day one of the Marawi crisis, we have been there and we were able to immediately convene the Provincial Crisis Committee. The Lanao Rescue Team was formed and we had a dialogue in the first week.

As the G7 of the 1st Infantry (Tabak) Division of the Philippine Army, we have grand plans for Lanao del Sur and Marawi even before the crisis, especially on peace education and empowering the youth. We were developing a holistic program for the youth sector in coordination with various sectors.

With Martial Law in effect, we have been emphasizing the role of the LGUs and the military have been involved in series of engagements with government officials and traditional leaders.

Recognizing that today’s youth will be the next generation leaders, we are here today for a dialogue of shaping the Maranao community after the crisis. When it is time for us to go, who will take care of Marawi? Who will take care of its heritage and culture? We should show our young generation how it is to be brave and united.

Throughout history, Marawi is known for bravery and unity. With the ongoing crisis, we should be brave to defeat false ISIS ideologies perpetrated by the Maute terrorist group. These false ideologies are bent to destroy our rich cultural heritage. Your participation in this activity symbolizes your bravery in facing challenges. Is unity just about coming together for a dialogue? Unity is something bigger than us, internalized in our hearts and minds, enveloping our thoughts and understanding.

Just like you, your soldiers are also human. We are also evacuees from far places. We immediately went to Marawi when the crisis broke out and it also took time for us to get the things we need. Your soldiers also have families waiting at home. As much as you want to go back home, your soldiers also want to go back to their families.

With your help and support, your Armed Forces will be stronger in accomplishing its mission of serving and protecting you.

Let us help each other and let us all be brave and united until the end of this crisis.

Thank you vey much.

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GMA News Online reports: “In the midst of severe conflict, a soldier onassignment in Marawi composed a song to spark hope and inspiration in Marawi crisis victims.”

Unang Balita is the news segment of GMA Network’s daily morning program, Unang Hirit. It’s anchored by Rhea Santos and Arnold Clavio, and airs on GMA-7 Mondays to Fridays at 5:15 AM (PHL Time). For more videos from Unang Balita, visit http://www.gmanetwork.com/unangbalita.

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Binisita ni Sandra Aguinaldo ang Marawi upang kumustahin ang kababaihang nakiisa rin sa labanan sa Marawi. Umere noong Sabado sa GMA Network, Ju1y 15, 11:00PM.

Watch ‘I-Witness,’ every Saturday on GMA Network. These GMA documentaries are hosted and presented by the most trusted broadcasters in the country like Kara David, Sandra Aguinaldo, Howie Severino, Jiggy Manicad, Chino Gaston, Jay Taruc and Howie Severino.

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Binisita ni Sandra Aguinaldo ang Marawi upang kumustahin ang kababaihang nakiisa rin sa labanan sa Marawi. Abangan ang kabuuan ng dokumentaryo ngayong Sabado sa GMA Network, Ju1y 15, 10:00PM.

Watch ‘I-Witness,’ every Saturday on GMA Network. These GMA documentaries are hosted and presented by the most trusted broadcasters in the country like Kara David, Sandra Aguinaldo, Howie Severino, Jiggy Manicad, Chino Gaston, Jay Taruc and Howie Severino.

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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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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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