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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Marawi City Now Under Full Control Of Gov’t Forces Of President Duterte

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Philippine Military units have stabilized the situation in Marawi City, Lanao Del Sur following a clash with Maute Group terrorists allied with Abu Sayyaf leader Isnilon Hapilon Tuesday afternoon, May 23.

“The situation in Marawi has been stabilized. Security forces are in full control of the situation. The armed men we are dealing with are not ISIS but (members of a) local terrorist group,” Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Public Affairs Office Chief Col. Edgard Arevalo said Wednesday.

He added that reports and rumors claiming that the terrorists have captured and taken control of various government facilities are spurious and are meant to spread lies and disinformation aimed at attracting foreign terrorists support and recognition.

“The reported ‘eyewitness account’ is untrue that Amai Pakpak Hospital has been occupied and the people there were held hostage. The Marawi City Hall was not occupied as was earlier reported merely quoting ‘sources’,” Arevalo added.

“The sporadic firefights heard were harassment actions by terrorist sympathizers that were conducted as diversionary tactics to divide the attention of the reinforcing AFP personnel. But even these are already held in check,” he pointed out.

The clash between Maute Group members started 2 p.m. Tuesday in Barangay Basak, Malutlut when government security forces learned of the presence of Hapilon and his cohorts.

Hapilon was reported severely wounded in the series of military operations in Lanao Del Sur early this January.

The former is reportedly the representative of the ISIS terror group in the Philippines.

This prompted military and police units to conduct a law enforcement operation but they were fired on first by the bandits.

“The security forces were fired upon constraining them to retaliate,” Arevalo stressed.

Initial reports said at least one soldier was killed and eight others were wounded.

“Follow up operations are still ongoing and we cannot reveal other details so as not to compromise operational security. Follow on forces is underway as we speak to further ensure that we will keep the grip of the situation,” the AFP official added.

Arevalo also urged the public to refrain from posting in social media information that would tend exacerbate the situation especially photos and videos on the movements of our troops and on terrorist propaganda circulating through social media.

“We will continue to provide updates as often as possible with due regard to the security of our operating forces and the conduct of the operations itself,” he added.

Source: Philippine News Agency

Social Media Being Used As Militant Propaganda To Confuse Public On Real Situation In Marawi City

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Social media are possibly being used by the Maute Group and their sympathizers as a propaganda tool to confuse the public about the real situation in Marawi City.

Chief Supt. Dionardo Carlos, Spokesman of the Philippine National Police (PNP), said they have monitored disinformation that is being propagated in Facebook, Twitter and other social media platforms.

Among them, he said, are reports of beheadings of some members of the Maute Group as well as structures that were occupied by the armed men.

“There seems to be an effort in the social media to make it appear that this is a vey big incident,” Carlos told reporters in a press briefing at Camp Crame.

For instance, he said there have been photos being circulated in the social media at the height of the gun battle on Tuesday that Maute Group fighters had already taken control of the entire Marawi City.

Among them are vehicles, including a police car that had been roaming around Marawi City displaying the flag of the international terror group ISIS, as well as group of armed men freely walking the streets of the City.

“How can you control of the entire City when posted photographs only showed two, three or four people?” said Carlos.

Other reports being circulated in the social media, according to Carlos, are cases of beheading, the armed men laying siege on some establishments and even the number of Maute Group present in Marawi.

Source: Manila Bulletin

PNP: Marawi City Attackers Not ISIS Members, Be Careful Of What You Post, Share In Social Media

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The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Wednesday, May 24, said that the terrorists who are now sowing fear in Marawi City are not members of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

In a press conference in Camp Crame, Quezon City, PNP Public Information Office (PIO) Chief and Spokesman Chief Supt. Dionardo Carlos said that the terrorists being hunted down by government forces in Marawi City are members of the local Maute terror group.

He stressed that while the Maute terror group has declared support for ISIS, however, they can only be considered as ISIS sympathizers and not actual members.

At the same time, the PNP official appealed to the public to be careful of what they post or share in social media to avoid spreading fear and panic.

Carlos pointed out that posts that tend to create the impression that the situation in Marawi City is worse than what it actually is, could be exploited by terrorists for their own propaganda.

Likewise, he also denied that the PNP and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) are downplaying the situation in Marawi City.

Carlos expounded that authorities are just making sure that the information they provide the public is verified and true.

Source: Philippine News Agency

PCSO Lotto Results For Wednesday, May 24, 2017 Draws

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The Latest Philippine PCSO Lotto Results for Wednesday, May 24, 2017 Draws:

LOTTO GAME:  4-Digit Lotto
DRAW DATE:  05/24/2017
EVENING 9:00PM:  3-8-0-6
JACKPOT PRIZE:
WINNER(S):
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LOTTO GAME:  Suertres 3-Digit Lotto
DRAW DATE:  05/24/2017
MORNING 11AM:  2-9-0
WINNER(S):
AFTERNOON 4PM:  9-9-9
WINNER(S):
EVENING 9PM:  9-7-3
WINNER(S):
JACKPOT PRIZE:  4,500.00
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LOTTO GAME:  EZ2 2-Digit Lotto
DRAW DATE:  05/24/2017
MORNING 11AM:  23-11
WINNER(S):
AFTERNOON 4PM:  22-22
WINNER(S):
EVENING 9PM:  20-05
WINNER(S):
JACKPOT PRIZE:  4,000.00
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LOTTO GAME:  Grand Lotto 6/55
DRAW DATE:  05/24/2017
COMBINATION:  34-33-38-52-07-37
CURRENT JACKPOT:
WINNER(S):
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LOTTO GAME:  Mega Lotto 6/45
DRAW DATE:  05/24/2017
COMBINATION:  05-09-28-42-12-31
CURRENT JACKPOT:
WINNER(S):
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PCSO Lotto Results For Tuesday, May 23, 2017 Draws

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The Latest Philippine PCSO Lotto Results for Tuesday, May 23, 2017 Draws:

LOTTO GAME:  6-Digit Lotto
DRAW DATE:  05/23/2017
EVENING 9:00PM:  9-1-9-0-1-0
JACKPOT PRIZE:  3,288,140.34
WINNER(S):  0
Winning numbers in exact order.

LOTTO GAME:  Suertres 3-Digit Lotto
DRAW DATE:  05/23/2017
MORNING 11AM:  6-2-9
WINNER(S):  762
AFTERNOON 4PM:  0-8-9
WINNER(S):  306
EVENING 9PM:  0-5-3
WINNER(S):  577
JACKPOT PRIZE:  4,500.00
Winning numbers in exact order.

LOTTO GAME:  EZ2 2-Digit Lotto
DRAW DATE:  05/23/2017
MORNING 11AM:  21-15
WINNER(S):  144
AFTERNOON 4PM:  03-18
WINNER(S):  257
EVENING 9PM:  05-21
WINNER(S):  1029
JACKPOT PRIZE:  4,000.00
Winning numbers in exact order.

LOTTO GAME:  Ultra Lotto 6/58
DRAW DATE:  05/23/2017
COMBINATION:  22-33-21-57-14-41
CURRENT JACKPOT:  59,789,192.00
WINNER(S):  0
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LOTTO GAME:  Super Lotto 6/49
DRAW DATE:  05/23/2017
COMBINATION:  21-26-15-29-33-31
CURRENT JACKPOT:  16,000,000.00
WINNER(S):  0
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LOTTO GAME:  National Lotto 6/42
DRAW DATE:  05/23/2017
COMBINATION:  16-35-21-01-30-13
CURRENT JACKPOT:  10,062,716.00
WINNER(S):  0
Winning numbers in any order

The Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office says all prizes are tax-paid.

President Duterte Apologizes To President Vladimir Putin For Cutting Russian Trip, Seeks Closer PH-Russian Ties

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 Philippine President Rodrigo Roa Duterte on Tuesday evening, May 23, held a bilateral meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, saying that the Philippines is seeking the friendship of Russia.

The bilateral meeting occurred before President Duterte headed back to the Philippines to attend to the incident in Marawi.

In his remarks, President Duterte apologized to President Putin for cutting short his Russian trip, which is his first official visit to the said country, as he explained that there is something urgent that needs to be attended to back home.

“Please consider us as a good friend. I came to visit your place and it’s to establish stronger bilateral relations,” President Duterte said.

“I [came] to seek your friendship and to establish trade and commerce with your country,” he said.

President Duterte cut short his first official trip to Russia following the terror incident in Marawi, which led him to declare martial law in Mindanao.

For his part, President Putin expressed his condolences to the casualties of the Marawi incident.

He, however, said he is happy to see President Duterte visiting Moscow.

“I’m so happy to see you in Moscow,” President Putin said.

“I have to express our condolences as a matter of fact, loss of lives of your people happened because of a horrible terrorist attack. And my colleagues and myself definitely understand quite well that you do have to come back to return to your motherland,” he said.

“And let me express hope that the conflict that you have just mentioned will be resolved as soon as possible and with minimal losses and casualties,” he added.

The Russian leader noted that bilateral trade between the Philippines and Russia still have room for improvement, noting that starting this year, trade exchanges started to increase by around 25 percent.

“We have very many promising and interesting areas of cooperation, including on energy machine building, transport and infrastructure,” he said.

President Putin said that even as President Duterte had to cut short his trip, there will be bilateral documents that will be signed between the Philippines and Russia.

“You and I know that our teams have worked hard and prepared a full package of bilateral documents, instruments. And your ministers as far as I know, are staying and tomorrow the package aiming at the development of bilateral ties will be signed and inked,” President Putin said.

Accompanying President Duterte in his bilateral meeting were Department of Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano, Department of National Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, and Special Assistant to the President Christopher Lawrence Go.

Source: PCOO

President Duterte Asks Russian President Vladimir Putin For Weapons To Fight Against Terrorism

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Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has requested Russian President Vladimir Putin for a soft loan for weapons which will be used by the Philippine government in its fight against terrorism.

President Duterte made this request during his bilateral meeting with the Russian leader at the Grand Kremlin Palace Tuesday evening (early Wednesday morning in Manila).

It was made after President Duterte declared martial law in Mindanao, as Islamic State-backed Maute terrorist group besieged Marawi City and clashed with government troops.

The bilateral meeting of the two leaders was initially scheduled on Thursday but President Duterte decided to fly back to the Philippines early Wednesday morning.

The meeting was moved to around 10 p.m. of Tuesday here – past 3 a.m. Wednesday in Manila.

President Putin was not in Moscow on Tuesday but decided to return to Kremlin to meet President Duterte before his trip back to Manila.

“As you probably know, I spent this day away from Moscow in one of our regions. And that I have seized the chance to see you in person,” President Putin said.

“My colleagues and myself definitely understand quite well that you do have to come back to return to your motherland,” he added.

The Russian leader also expressed his sympathy to those affected by the terrorist attack in Marawi City.

“And let me express hope that the conflict that you have just mentioned will be resolved as soon as possible and with minimal losses and casualties,” President Putin said.

He also assured that the full package of bilateral documents will be signed – a defense cooperation is included in the package of bilateral documents.

In an interview with Department of National Defense (DND) Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, he said Russia can help the Philippines in fighting against terrorists, particularly preventing the ISIS to spread in the country.

“They are aggressive in fighting against ISIS,” Lorenzana told the Philippine News Agency.

“If you look at the current events in the Middle East, they are into heavily fighting against ISIS in Syria,” he added.

He mentioned that he and his Russian counterpart had discussions in Moscow last month prior to the visit of the Philippines’ official delegation this week.

“We talk about this ISIS problem. This is a worldwide problem already, a global problem,” the DND Chief stressed.

“We are very concerned, the President, that it could bring the trouble in Visayas and Metro Manila and then Luzon,” he added.

Source: Philippine News Agency

President Duterte Meets Russian President Vladimir Putin At Kremlin Before Flying Back To Philippines

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Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte met with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the Kremlin before flying back to Manila at 1:38 a.m. Wednesday (6:38 a.m., Manila time).

The meeting took place around 10 p.m. on May 23 here (around 3 a.m. of May 24, Manila time).

President Putin returned to Moscow Tuesday evening to meet President Duterte, who cut short his visit because of the situation in Marawi City.

The President explained to President Putin the reason for his abrupt departure.

President Putin, in turn, condoled with President Duterte for the Marawi attack and hoped that it would be resolved with minimum losses.

“I have to express our condolences... my colleagues and myself definitely understand quite well that you do have to return to your motherland,” President Putin said, according to a transcript of the meeting handed to media covering here.

The Chief Executive arrived in Moscow past 11p.m. Monday here (past 4 a.m. Tuesday, May 23, Manila time).

President Duterte is supposed to hold a bilateral meeting with Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, receive his honorary doctorate degree from Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO University), and witness the signing of various agreements between the two countries.

His visit here also include meeting with the business and Filipino communities in Russia.

“I have spoken to my counterpart here in Moscow and have explained the situation, and they understand that the security of the Filipino people especially in Marawi and the whole Mindanao is a priority,” Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano said in a briefing.

“They understand that the presence of President Duterte is essential in the Philippines but I will be staying behind. The agreements will be signed and we will have a bilateral meeting with the Honorable Minister of Foreign Affairs (Sergey) Lavrov,” Secretary Cayetano added.

He noted that the President does not “take lightly the declaration of martial law” as this will have implications, particularly in tourism, in the southern Philippines.

“The mere declaration of martial law would dissuade some from going to Mindanao at this point in time,” the top diplomat said.

The President is expected to arrive in the Philippines at around 4:30 p.m. (Manila time).

Source: Philippine News Agency

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Davao City On Lockdown With Martial Law Declaration, Mayor Sara Duterte Tells Public To Stay At Home

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The City of Davao is on “lockdown” with checkpoints being tightened, after Martial Law was declared throughout Mindanao by President Rodrigo Duterte.

City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio who met with police and military officials in the city hours after the declaration of martial law said that security measures were discussed in the meeting.

One of the measures was the “lockdown” of the city.

“Gi-discuss namo ang pag-lockdown sa city, ug gina-advise namo ang gikan sa gawas kung wala mo importante tuyo diri sa sulod sa city, dili lang sa mo mibiyahe sa sulod sa city kay ma-hassle sila sa checkpoint namo. (We discussed the city’s lockdown and we advise those from outside if they do not have an important reason here inside the city, don’t travel here yet as you would be hassled by our checkpoints.),”the City Mayor said.

The Mayor said the checkpoints will conduct a more extensive and thorough search of vehicles and personalities.

The declaration, which placed Mindanao under martial law for 60 days, was done at around 10:00 pm (Philippine time) in Moscow and was announced by Press Secretary Ernesto Abella in a press conference in the Russian capital where the President is on an official visit.

The martial law declaration was in response to the clashes between the army and the police versus the Maute Terror group, which had entered Marawi and burned several structures including the church, city jail and a college.

She also advised residents and tourists staying in Davao City to use prudence in planning their activities particularly with the security measures implemented.

Also discussed in the meeting were contingency measures particularly in scenarios where Maute or any terrorist group will sow terror from within the city or attack from outside.

The meeting also tackled the planning of operations by the military and police units in the coming days until the effectivity of the martial law.

Several personalities belonging to the Maute group are being detained in the city, which the Mayor said they are requesting to be transferred to Manila.

“We will reiterate that request,” the Mayor said.

Mayor Duterte-Carpio also said the declaration of martial law is appropriate during this time.

“In view of the problems we have recently, sa insurgency, sa rebellion and this time around sa terrorism,” she said.

She also bared that the President called her up before he declared martial law.

The Mayor also said that they are waiting for the official Presidential proclamation for directives in relation to its implementation.

Source: Philippine Information Agency

President Duterte To Fly Back To Philippines As Soon As Possible Due To Marawi Terror Attack

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Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s official visit to Russia will be cut short following his declaration of martial law in Mindanao after clashes between government forces and a group inspired by the so-called Islamic State (IS or ISIS) left three people dead and several others injured..

In a press briefing on Tuesday night in Moscow, Russia where President Duterte is on a four-day official visit, Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano said that the President would not be staying on until the 24th and 25th of May, effectively cutting his trip there by two days.

Secretary Cayetano, who was recently appointed as Chief of the Department of Foreign Affairs, said that Russian government officials understood the situation and the need for President Duterte to fly back to Manila as soon as possible to oversee government operations against fighters of the Maute Group, a local terrorist organization allying itself with the so-called IS.

The DFA Secretary said that he had spoken with his Russian counterpart, Sergey Lavrov, about the Philippine government’s decision.

Secretary Cayetano said that the agreements scheduled to be signed would still go through and that he would stay behind to attend to these.

“I have spoken to my counterpart here in Moscow and have explained the situation, and they understand that the security of the Filipino people especially in Marawi and the whole of Mindanao is a priority. They understand that the presence of President Duterte is essential in the Philippines,” Secretary Cayetano said.

On Tuesday, government forces clashed with Maute fighters in Marawi City.

The fighting left two policemen and a soldier dead and injured several others, according to Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana.

The insurgents were able to take control of one government hospital in Marawi as the Mayor called on government authorities to dispatch security reinforcements to the besieged Mindanao city.

The Armed Forces of the Philippines said in a statement that it conducted a “surgical operation” following reports that Isnilon Hapilon and some Abu Sayyaf members were in Marawi City.

President Duterte has warned crime and terrorist groups in Mindanao in the past against forcing his hand to declare martial law.

Source: Philstar

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