26 May 2017
Armed Forces of the Philippines Spokesperson Brigadier General Restituto Padilla Jr. reveals the AFP have been launching surgical airstrikes against the Maute Group. He assured, however, the AFP is taking every precaution to avoid collateral damage to civilians and private properties. Padilla made the revelation on May 26, 2017 in a press briefing at the Royal Mandaya Hotel in Davao City. PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO
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  Solicitor General Jose Calida announces the state of Martial Law and the suspension of the privilege of the Writ of Habeas Corpus in Mindanao should not be a cause for alarm to all law-abiding citizens. He also confirmed that foreign jihadists are now trying to establish a caliphate in Mindanao. Calida made the announcement on May 26, 2017 during a press briefing at the Royal Mandaya Hotel in Davao City. PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO
Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella speaks during a press briefing at the Royal Mandaya Hotel in Davao City. He has updated members of the media on May 26, 2017 on the current developments in Marawi City after President Rodrigo Roa Duterte declared a state of Martial Law in Mindanao. Abella added the US has expressed solidarity and condemned the violence perpetrated by an ISIS-linked terrorist group. Likewise, Abella conveyed the country's gratitude for Russia for the latter's offer to share its expertise and experience in fighting terrorism. PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO
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President Rodrigo Roa Duterte signs the report he submitted to Congress for declaring martial law and suspending the writ of habeas corpus in Mindanao on the sidelines of the special Cabinet meeting at the Presidential Guest House in Davao City on May 25, 2017. Accepting the report were House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez and Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III. PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO
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