After the Manchester explosion and the Bangkok bombing, news about terrorist attacks in Marawi City, Lanao Del Sur made rounds on social media on May 23, Tuesday.
Here are things you must know about what’s happening in Marawi City:
1. People from Marawi posted information regarding the said attacks
On Tuesday, May 23 at about 2pm, several photos and videos of burning schools, churches, and hospitals in Marawi City have been circulated over the internet. The people who posted the information said that the responsible group for the attacks may be part of Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS).
Marawi City is the capital city of the province of Lanao del Sur.
2. A local terrorist group attacked the city and not ISIS
Although it waved the black ISIS flag, the Maute group allegedly behind the attacks is not part of ISIS. Its members pledged their allegiance to the group, but ISIS has not recognized Maute.
The local terrorist group is also believed to be responsible for the Davao bombing last September 2016.
3. There are no reported civilian casualties yet
People who posted online said that there are teachers, priests, and other civilians who died in the attack, but as of this writing, there was no confirmed civilian death.
4. President Rodrigo Duterte declared Martial Law in Mindanao
Before flying back to the Philippines after cutting short his state visit to Russia, the President placed Mindanao under martial rule at around 10 p.m. on Tuesday.
In an interview with PCOO Assistant Secretary Margaux “Mocha” Uson, the President said that martial law in Mindanao can last for a year if needed.
“Well, if it would take a year to do it, we will do it. If it will be over in a month then I’d be happy.”
He also added that the present declaration of martial law will be no different from the one declared during the time of former President Ferdinand Marcos.
“Pero ang Martial Law is Martial Law, ha. So kayong mga kababayan ko who have experienced Martial Law, it would not be any different from what President Marcos did.
“I’d be harsh. I have to do it to preserve the Republic of the Philippines and the Filipino people,” he said.
5. We can all help
We know that we’re all feeling scared, jittery and shocked about this but we need to remain vigilant, calm, and steadfast at all times. Always remember that we must think before we click. Make sure to check facts from fake before sharing it with the public.
As the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) chief Col. Edgar Arevalo said in a statement, we need to refrain from posting info on social media that would just worsen the situation.
“We fervently urge our people to refrain from posting in social media information that would tend exacerbate the situation. Especially of 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 said.
You may also help by giving donations and other relief efforts to our brothers and sisters in Marawi. Here are some ways to help:
- Tulong Kabataan is calling for donations for those affected by the clashes. They are accepting the following items:
Ready-to-eat, canned goods (no meatloaf, sausages)
Hijab, fully-covered clothes
Toiletries, sanitary napkins
Medicine, first-aid kids
Donations may be dropped off at the following areas:
CASSC Office, College of Arts and Sciences, University of the Philippines (UP) Manila
Office of the Student Regent, Vinzons Hall, UP Diliman
Room 19E, One Burgundy Residences, Katipunan Avenue
UPLB USC Office, Room 10, Student Union Building, UP Los Baños
For more details, contact the following:
Adrian Puse (KPL) – 09162266436
Pat Cierva (UPM) – 09352950875
Lee Jann Abes (UPM) – 09167220210
Sam Vizcarra (UPD) – 09175420918
Marvin Santiago – 09177943055
Mackie Valenzuela (UPLB) – 09052084934
Cash donations can also be sent to the College Editors Guild of the Philippines, through Philippine Postal Savings Bank account number 0001-003036-211.
- Ateneo de Manila University’s student council is organizing a relief operations drive on Wednesday, May 24, from 8 am onwards at the Manuel V. Pangilinan Center for Student Leadership Room 200.
The Sanggunian is also accepting the following goods:
Canned goods/non-perishables (halal)
The drive is open to students, faculty, staff, and alumni.
- The Student Council Alliance of the Philippines (SCAP) will be launching a national donation drive.
Interested groups and individuals may send an email to SCAP at firstname.lastname@example.org or contact Francis (09322284155) or Isaac (09083151257).
- Kaya Natin! Movement for Good Governance and Ethical Leadership is now working with the Office of Vice President Leni Robredo to help displaced families in Marawi.
Interested donors can send donations to their office at 21 Kaliraya St., Brgy. Dona Josefa, QC. For more inquiries, contact Bea at (02) 2561446 or send an email at email@example.com
- Vice President Leni Robredo has also directed her office to prepare relief operations for the residents of Marawi City.
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