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  1. A recent update on casualties suffered by government forces.
  2. No worries, everything is now under control. Nothing more to see here. Based on the videos, pictures of numerous fires, and black flags planted at various locations in Marawi, I'm just not buying this report.
  3. From Facebook, so take it for what it's worth. Based on the pictures and videos I have been seeing on social media and received via email, most of these reports are probably true unfortunately. UPDATE As of 11:50 PM. DISCLAIMER: Most of the information here came from personal accounts of people inside Marawi City. We are merely collating information from various sources, mostly from people who are actually in Marawi. We don't claim to be the source of verified news. #PrayForMarawi #MarawiWatch #MarawiUpdates - Armed men are confirmed to be the Maute group. - The Maute group together with the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters has pledged allegiance to ISIS. - Firefight ensues with the government troops. - The Armed men attacked and took over the Amai Pakpak Medical Center. - 1 Guard and 2 Ambulance Drivers were killed. - Hospital employees are kept hostaged. - Hospital patients were sent out of the hospital. - Homes are being trespassed. - Women not wearing Hijabs are being taken away. - AFP has issued the statement that the Military is in the offensive. - AFP received an intel that Abu Sayyaf leader Isnilon Hapilon was with the Maute group. - At least 1 soldier was hurt in the firefight. - Some buildings in Dansalan College were burnt to ashes. - Most affected areas are Basak Malutlut, Sarimanok, Marinaut, Provincial Jail, amai pakpak, Bo. Saber, Sarimanok and most of the key intersections in Marawi. - Marawi City Jail is on fire. - All detainees in the City Jail were freed by the group. - At least 5 gov't troops are now wounded. - Chapel in Barrio Paypay is on fire. - AFP has dropped several bombs in selected areas in Marawi City. - The group took away the firetrucks so that the fire can't be put out. - Marawi City is experiencing total electricity blackout. - ISIS flags are raised in several areas in the city including hospitals, government establishments, and police cars. - The group started to burn houses. - Gunshots are being heard all over the city again. - Maute group has left the Amai Pakpak Medical Center. - Maute recruiting residents to join them. - Maute is interrogating civilians. If you can't prove you are a Muslim, they will kidnap you and will be "taken cared of" - Maute used trucks to block all entry/exit including bridges. - Police captain killed. - The group is seizing houses looking for men to recruit. - Civilians are asked to recite the Shahada. If they can't, theyre killed. - Some of the teachers in Dansalan College are already dead. Their heads are being displayed on the highway. - Duterte was briefed regarding situation but he will not cut short his 4-day Russia trip. - AFP: Several members of the Maute group were killed. - President Duterte just declared Martial Law in the entire Mindanao. https://web.facebook.com/PRISMph/?hc_ref=SEARCH&fref=nf
  4. Not much to go on as of yet, but is a result of current fighting in Marawi and recent intelligence that there would be future terrorist activities originating from Mindanao. http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/898913/duterte-declares-martial-law-in-mindanao
  5. Banca racing is a popular sport among the Badjao. They have competitions within the villages at different times throughout the year and regional competitions where racers from surrounding villages compete against each other annually. The video below is one I took a couple of years ago here in Davao City. Sorry for the poor quality, it's more exciting to actually be there in person.
  6. That is definitely the solution to the problem, but it's easier said than done. Until the political and economic conditions in the Philippines change and there is an end to the corruption at all levels, this country is going to continue to be a breading ground for homegrown terrorists and will look inviting to terrorists from outside the country. While there has always been terrorism in the Philippines, I am afraid things are going to get worse before they get better. The military has been doing a pretty good job in the south recently. As can be seen in the headlines below, more than 50 terrorists have been killed in the past week alone. 31 BIFF fighters killed in series of air strikes, ground assaults http://www.update.ph/2017/05/31-biff-fighters-killed-in-series-of-air-strikes-ground-assault/17467 FA-50 jets pound Abu Sayyaf camp, kill 20 bandits http://www.sunstar.com.ph/zamboanga/local-news/2017/05/13/fa-50-jets-pound-abu-sayyaf-camp-kill-20-bandits-541554 While that's great news, the problem that goes along with that success is high ranking members of groups like the Abu Sayyaf, Maute Group, and the BIFF have scattered like roaches and have established new groups in other parts of the country. The most recent ones being formed are the ALG (Al Lazoni Group) in Luzon and the Visayas, and the JMAF (Jama’at al-Muhajirin wa al-Ansar bi al-Filibin) that is now established in the Davao and Cotabato regions. So because of the success the military has had in the south, what was once a regional threat is rapidly becoming a national one, and places that were once thought to be free of terrorist incidents are now more likely to see them. Regardless of what these groups call themselves, they are all claiming to be aligned with the IS and with headlines like the ones above and the government making claims that they are succeeding in dismantling these groups, I would expect there to be a large scale terrorist operation soon in an effort to try and discredit these government claims and to gain more international attention. For that reason, the travel warnings are certainly warranted and people should be paying attention to them. If these groups do manage to pull off something big, the tourism industry that is already taking a hit because of these various government travel warnings, will go into the toilet for sure. Below is a propaganda video that was recently released to promote the IS efforts in the Mindanao. Most of this video is believed to have been recorded in Lanao del Sur and Maguindanao. It does contain a couple of graphic scenes, so be aware of that if you decide to view it. BLANDS06052017MIN2.mp4
  7. I'm surprised that it took this long for an advisory to come out for that area. It has been known for quite some time by many that members of the the Abu Sayyaf have been deployed and plan on carrying out multiple operations against foreigners in the not to distant future. Although terrorist attacks can occur at anytime, Ramadan, which begins around May 27th and ends around June 25th, will be a period of time to be extra vigilant. If the terrorist groups in the Philippines that have aligned themselves with the IS plan to carry out something big, it would likely be sometime surrounding those two dates or anytime in between.
  8. Here is a story mentioning the identity of the man killed. This is a lot like what happened in Bohol. Armed men with explosives arrive by sea, except in this case they had vehicles waiting for them and all but one of the group was able to get away. Unlike Bohol, Davao City has a large population of people who come from the same region and speak the same dialects as these terrorists, so they will be able to blend in with the general public without being noticed as easily. It's safe to assume that these men did not come all the way from Sulu with only a .38 handgun and a single 60mm mortar, so hopefully these terrorists will be located and eliminated soon.
  9. Here is a story that has a little more information. It still does not mention that the man killed is a member of the Abu Sayyaf, but this has been confirmed locally and he goes by the alias Bin Laden.
  10. That story is from earlier today and it's not mentioned. It should be included in future reports though.