The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) reports: “The Philippine army has launched an offensive to flush out the last 40 fighters loyal to so-called Islamic State (IS) from the southern city of Marawi.”Read Full Article
Go peace! ✌🇵🇭
The second batch of kids from #Marawi are here in Manila for an educational tour. Guess who they got to meet during the second day of their tour? ☺
The 2nd batch of #TeamTabak Educational Tour participants render a dance number of #BangonMarawi song at Malacanang Palace in the presence of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte.
Cover song performed by Navy Lt. Lady Chatterly Alvaro, Jayson M Magtibay, Mark Jade Autencio. #BangonMarawi song lyrics and music by Army Sgt. Ronie Halasan.
Tour participant, Abdulsallam Didaagun reads his message to President Duterte:
DEAR TATAY DIGONG
SANA PO MATAPOS NA PO ANG GERA.
PARA PO MAKAUWI NA KAMI SA MARAWI.
SALAMAT PO PUMUNTA KAMI DITO SA BAHAY NYO PO.
MASAYA PO KAMI KASI KASAMA PO NAMIN KAYO.
SALAMAT PO SA PAGMAMAHAL NYO SA AMIN.
SALAMAT PO SA MGA SUNDALO AT PULIS NYO NA NAGMAMAHAL DIN SA AMIN.
MARAMING SALAMAT PO.
– ADULSALLAM DIDAAGUN
Maj. Gen. Rolly Bautista, Commander of Joint Task Force Marawi and Philippine Army’s 1st Infantry (Tabak) Division said: “Para sa kabataan ng Marawi, mahal na mahal kayo ng inyong mga sundalo. Maaasahan namin kayo na magiging pag-asa sa muli nating pagbangon sa Marawi.”Read Full Article
(Message of Brig. Gen. Rolly Bautista, Commander of Philippine Army’s 1st Infantry (Tabak) Division/Joint Task Force Marawi during the Countering Violent Extremism and Radicalization Forum of the Asia Foundation at Mindanao State University Main Campus, Marawi City on August 25, 2017)
Our peace building activities and engagements with communities are aimed at increasing our understanding and awareness of the importance of countering violent extremism.
Violent extremism or radicalization leads to terrorism and the most vulnerable sector is the youth. We have uncovered the extent of radical indoctrination among young Filipinos recruits in the ongoing Marawi crisis where young people formed the main forces of the ISIS-inspired Maute/Abu Sayaff terrorist groups.
The major hindrances toward achieving peace are the gaps between our faith our cultures, economic and social status and even power and politics. These result to a polarized or divided society and readily exploited by terrorist organizations, highlighting religious narratives for their own purposes.
We are clear on the 1st Infantry (Tabak) Division/Joint Task Force Marawi’s strategy on Civil-Military Operations (CMO) of the need to establish proactive programs addressing the issues of violent extremism and radicalization.
Even before the Marawi crisis, we have conducted initiatives to empower our troops to build necessary knowledge and skills in reaching out to the community and bringing your soldiers closer to the people we serve
Various seminars and trainings were conducted including Stakeholder Engagement Seminars and Harnessing Community Support Trainings for our troops.
We also designed methodologies in facilitating collaboration with community leaders and stakeholders to be our partners in conducting peace building undertakings.
Our Digital Media Management Training Series provided our troops a set of trainings for digital product development and organizing online initiatives including website content development and social media management.
Our Radio Broadcasting Training equipped our troops in conducting radio programs for information dissemination. These trainings prepared our troops for efficient key leader engagements for building relationships with government and business leaders for community defense enhancements.
Your Army participated in the launching of the Negosyo Center for Lanao del Sur here in Marawi City a few days before the crisis.
During the crisis, we concurrently conduct peace building and psychosocial initiatives. These are included in the series of activities to establish peaceful communities and prevent the recurrence of violence.
Our youth leadership empowerment initiatives encourage the youth to take an active role in peace building activities in their communities.
The delivery of our CMO programs ensures the successful implementation of humanitarian missions including relief operations, community engagements and psychosocial activities to affected communities.
Even after this crisis, we will continue our peace building and psychosocial initiatives to sustain CMO activities to build long-lasting peaceful communities.
When you combine hard power and soft power, it becomes smart power. We intend to maintain strong support and partnerships in rehabilitating Marawi with the people we serve and with the community we serve.
Narito po kami upang kayo ay paglingkuran at protektahan.
Kasama po kayo, ang ating pagkakaisa ay maghahatid sa atin tungo sa pagbangon muli ng Marawi.
Maraming salamat at mabuhay ang ating bayan!Read Full Article
Rappler.com presents a video on an emotional Joint Task Force Marawi Commander Brig. Gen. Rolly Buatista’s message to Maranaos: “Marami sa aming mga kasamahan ang nagbuwis ng buhay. Tatapusin natin ang krisis na ito hindi lang para sa ating mga sundalo kundi lalo na para sa ating mga kapatid na Maranao.”
Rappler.com’s Carmela Fandbuena reports quoting the Philippine military that the possible surrender by the recruits of the Maute Group in Marawi could lead to an earlier end to the war that has ravaged the city for over 3 months now.
Nag-uulat si Jeff Canoy ng ABS-CBN News: Sa unang pagkakataon, pinapasok ng militar ang ilang miyembro ng media sa main battle area sa Marawi. Ipinakita rin ng mga sundalo ang ginamit na lagusan at taguan ng Maute fighters.
GMA News 24 Oras’ Marisol Abduraman reports the what’s left of the houses previously occupied by terrorists in Marawi City.
Sgt. Ronie Halasan renders a song “BAYANI KONG MAHAL” dedicated to our fallen heroes. Lyrics by Josie M. Encinares and Ronie Halasan. Music by Sgt. Ronie Halasan of Joint Task Force Marawi/1st Infantry (Tabak) Division, Philippine Army. #ServantSoldier #TeamTabak
BAYANI KONG MAHAL
Lyrics by: Josie M. Encinares/Ronie Halasan
Music by: Sgt. Ronie Halasan, JTF Marawi
Tulog na bayani kong mahal
Ika’y magpahinga na sa piling ng Maykapal
Huwag nang alalahanin kaming mga naiwan
Kami’y magpapakatatag di ka malilimutan
Mahal kong bayani magpahinga ka na
Pagkat naitago na ang yong baril at bala
Sa totoong paraiso nawa’y manahan ka
Kung saan walang gulo di ka na sasabak sa gyera
Bayani kong mahal
Tapang mo’y napatunayan
Dakila kang hinahangaan
Minabuti mong mahal mo’y iiwan
Maisakatuparan lang ang pangako mo sa bayan
Mahirap bigkasin ang salitang paalam
Subalit kailangang sabihin kailangang bitawan
Mahal kong bayani di kita malilimutan
Di ka iwawaglit sa puso at isipan
Mahal kong bayani pag ibig koy baunin mo
Labis na hinagpis ngayo’y titiisin ko
Alam kong darating ang panahon magkikitang muli tayo
Yayakapin ka ng buong higpit di na muling magkakalayo
Isinagawa ng Philippine Army ang isang educational tour para sa mga kabataang naapektuhan ng krisis sa Marawi.