Troops find stash of banknotes in Marawi

Jun 08, 2017, 02:14
Troops find stash of banknotes in Marawi

"This equipment will enhance the (Philippine Marines') counterterrorism capabilities, and help protect (troops) actively engaged in counterterrorism operations in the southern Philippines", a USA embassy statement said. The Balikatan just concluded. "That's why we are saying that this is a clear rebellion case, separating a part of our Philippine territory", he added. "We have a Mutual Defense Treaty".

However Duterte, who took office past year, has sought to loosen the Philippines' ties with the United States while forging closer relations with China and Russian Federation. They took down the large cross that adorns the church, as well as trampling the baby Jesus and tearing apart a photo of Pope Benedict XVI. "Even if they fight two months, they will not starve here".

The militants however have withstood two weeks of sustained ground assault by government forces, backed by aerial and artillery bombardment.

The petitioners stressed that the constitutional mandate of the Senate and the House under Article VII, Section 18 of the 1987 Constitution can not be legally carried out by a separate briefings given by the Executive Branch and the Armed Forces to both Houses of Congress. "I think that is a recognition of how important our relationship with the Philippines is", Harris said.

The Maute fighters, who have pledged allegiance to the Islamic State, have taken control of part of the Muslim-majority city and have challenged the Philippine government's territorial control for the first time, Al Masdar News detailed.

The ceasefire deal that broke down over the weekend was initially reached following a meeting last week between President Duterte and the MILF, which offered to broker a halt in hostilities using contacts with the fighters in Marawi, provincial crisis management committee spokesman Zia Alonto Adiong told Agence France-Presse.

Former senator Wigberto E. Tañada on Wednesday, June 7, filed a petition for certiorari and mandamus, together with Bishops Emeritus Deogracias S. Iniguez, Broderick Pabillo and Antonio R. Tobias, Mother Adelaida Ygrubay, and students Shamah Bulangis and Cassandra D. Deluria.

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Human rights groups reported that close to 12,000 suspected drug users and peddlers have been killed in the Philippine government's campaign against illegal drugs. "Government casualties or those killed in action are 38", Abella said.

"This equipment will enhance the [Philippine Marines'] counterterrorism capabilities, and help protect [troops] actively engaged in counterterrorism operations in the southern Philippines", the US embassy said in a statement.

Islamic State (ISIS) terrorists affiliated with the local jihadi outfits, Maute group and Abu Sayyaf, overran the city in May, taking Christians hostage, killing anyone who could not recite Quranic verses, and flying the Islamic State flag over the city's mosques.

It added that the USA government has allocated P15 billion of grant funding to provide the AFP with equipment, including corresponding upgrades and training, over the last five years.

The United States is the Philippines' biggest supplier of military hardware and arms.

According to Marines Chief Maj.

Brigadier General Custodio Parcon, commander of Task Group Marawi, told the INQUIRER that they recovered the cash and cheques during the military's clearing operations against the Maute snipers and machine gun post on Saklot Street, Barangay Saduc in Marawi City.

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