Tag Archives: Mindanao

Magnitude 5.7 quake strikes off Philippines


A magnitude 5.7 earthquake struck 302 km southeast of the city of General Santos, Mindanao island, Philippines, at a depth of 54 km early on Friday, the U.S. Geological Survey said.


Over 135 dead as storm Vinta hits Mindanao southern Philippines

PHILIPPINES-WEATHER-STORMOver 135 people have been killed and dozens are missing after Tropical Storm Vinta hit southern Philippines, triggering mudslides and flooding, police and disaster officials said Saturday, The casualties were all on the main southern island of Mindanao, they said, Widespread flooding have been reported in Lanao del Norte, Cagayan de Oro City and Zamboanga del Norte and south Palawan.

Philippines declares end of Marawi siege


The Philippines has declared an end to five months of fighting in southern Marawi City between the armed forces and ISIS militants, the country’s defence minister says. The declaration of victory was announced by General Danilo Pamonag, during a military ceremony in Marawi, where he said the operation began with clearing some 3,000 structures or buildings and “now, we have reached our objective.”

Marawi siege: Army kills Abu Sayyaf, Maute commanders


#Manila: Two top Philippine commanders of an armed alliance that have declared loyalty to the ISIS have been killed, according to authorities, in a major blow to an ongoing armed rebellion in the country’s south.
Isnilon Hapilon, the top commander of the Abu Sayyaf Group and Omarkhayam Maute of the Maute Group, as well as seven of their fighters, were killed on Monday, after military forces launched a major operation in the besieged city of Marawi, General Eduardo Ano, the top military commander, said in a press conference.
Ano said information provided by a female hostage, who escaped recently, led the government troops to the location of the armed fighters.
The siege of Marawi started when military and police tried to serve an arrest warrant against Hapilon in May. Instead of giving up their arms, Hapilon formed an alliance with the Maute Group and launched a bloody rampage across the university town by the picturesque Lake Lanao. That prompted President Rodrigo Duterte to declare martial law in Mindanao.