Wednesday, October 25, 2017

To The Heights of Its Frame

Samira Ali Gutoc-Tomawis
From the Exodus to the Return
What Really Happened in Marawi and Lanao ?
Timeline of Events
Prior to this are sporadic deaths of army, gays, Shiites in various incidents over the years.
Feb. 2016 - beheading of farmers in Butig ; crisis dialogues held; 103d brigade focuses on army operations in setting up station at Nanagun.
March 2016 -
election peace covenants with Army, Cso postponed
April , May - resumption of municipal peace covenants , elections
December 2016 - the Presidential Security Guard (Psg) convoy of President Duterte experienced an armed incident entering Marawi
President Duterte visits Butig town accompanied by local leaders, urged the Maute Group to leave the main area of the town of Butig ie municipal hall it occupied
Change of 103d Brigade Command from CSO friend Roseller Murillo to Nixon Fortes
January - Provincial Peace and Order Council tackles the Taskforce against crime
February - text blasts on an attack by the MG
AFP chief General Eduardo Año confirms the group of terrorist Otto Maute was behind the death of two intelligence officers in Marawi City.
April - Piagapo confrontation between MG and armed forces , negotiations led by LGU for the MG to leave Piagapo proper
Clashes have displaced 416 families or almost 2,000 individuals from Barangays Gacap, Tapocan, and a portion of Tambo.
2nd week of May - Tableegh assembly in Markazz, major mosque at Basak Malutlut;
May 23 - serving warrant on Hapilon , armed confrontation on the National Highway
Declaration of martial law in the evening
exodus of fleeing evacuees
Set up of Crisis Management Committee in Capitol led by Vice Governor Mamintal Adiong ; protection of City Hall by Mayor Majul Gandamra
May 25 onwards - aerial strikes, Ranaw CSOs call for a three hour ceasefire to rescue stranded, white flag campaign ;
evacuation centers in Iligan and home based set up
Checkpoints set up across National Highway of Lanao, Marawi , Iligan; lockdown of Marawi
May 27 - Ramadhan begins
June - National Emergency Operations Center (NEOC) set up in Iligan City
Ranao CSO call for President to dialogue Sultans and leaders
June 15 - an Australian journalist is reported to be hit by a stray bullet
June 20 - SORRY , President visits evacuees in Iligan City National School of Fisheries in Barangay Buru-un.
“I would like to say to the Maranao people that I am very, very sorry na nangyari ito sa atin. Sana sa lalong madaling panahon you’ll find it in your heart to forgive my soldiers, pati ako for declaring martial law,” Duterte said
Peace Corridor with the MILF set up to rescue stranded
June 25 - Eidul Fitr congregations in tears because of celebration away from Marawi City
July 21 - Joint Hearing of Senate and Congress on martial law extension , majority votes to EXTEND including most of Mindanao congressmen
July 23 - State of the Nation Address (SONA) in Congress , bakwit march aborted after Cabinet Secretaries went to Iligan to dialogue Meranao leaders;
Taskforce Bangon Marawi organzed (TFBM), announces temporary shelters to be set up in Sagonsongan ; tent city opposed by some sectors
July 23 - State of the Bakwit address, Ceanuri, Iligan City
Mindanao congresspersons attend Marawi Post-Conflict Reconstruction :Engaging Civil Society on Trajectory of Peace and Prosperity at Luxe Hotel, Cagayan de Oro City
August 8-9 - Bakwits and CSOs convene in Iligan City, urge inclusivity in TFBM and Marawi crisis management
August 22 - back to school in Mindanao State University for 8000 students ; first day of the first semester of schoolyear 2017-2018 at the Mindanao State University (MSU) main campus in Marawi.
August 31 - Eidul Adha, Feast of Sacrifice
September 3 - Walk for Peace, Iligan City Government and CSOs
Sept 3 and 7, stray bullet hits a professor and a Civil Service Commission ARMM executive respectively in MSU ;
Sept 11 - President with army officials and Communication Assec Mocha Unson enters the biggest mosque in Marawi City
Sept. 16 - Marawi high vicar Fr Chito Soganub is released after 117 days
October 15 - Isnilon Hapilon and Omar Maute declared dead
October 16 - Task Force Bangon Marawi (TFBM) sent out Post Conflict Needs Assessment (PCNA) teams composed of various national and local government agencies in 24 barangays in Marawi City.
President declares "liberation" of Marawi .
Oct 22
The fight is over in Marawi City, military officials declared after 153 days of fighting that has left at least an estimated 1,131 people dead .
Departure of 1st Infantry
Oct 24 - change of command in Joint Taskforce Ranaw
Tfbm turns over chairmanship from DND Sec to Housing HUDCC Chair Del Rosario

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

NUJP on Ted Failon's Libel Suit

August 16, 2017
The libel suit against ABS-CBN’s Ted Failon and members of his staff again underscores how onion-skinned government officials wield the antediluvian criminal libel law as a bludgeon in their vain hope to cow critical journalism into silence.
Failon and his three colleagues posted bail Tuesday after they were ordered arrested by a Tagaytay City court for the case filed by then Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) chairman and now presidential political adviser Francis Tolentino.
The charge stems from an episode of “Failon Ngayon” that looked into the allegedly irregular purchase by the MMDA under Tolentino of second hand motorcycles for Pope Francis’ visit to Manila in 2014, which the Commission on Audit had questioned.
Regardless of the merits of the case, there can be no doubt Failon had taken on a subject of public interest and significance and sought accountability from a government official sworn to uphold the law and promote the general welfare.
The National Union of Journalists of the Philippines stands squarely with Ted Failon and his colleagues and calls on Mr. Tolentino to drop his misbegotten suit against them.
Mr. Tolentino claims his reputation was tarnished. But seeking to jail journalists instead of squarely responding to the valid issues they raised can only taint his image even more.
Filing a criminal libel suit instead of responding to an issue honestly smacks of vindictiveness and goes against the very principle of public office being a public trust.
We also reiterate our long-standing demand for Congress to swiftly legislate the decriminalization of libel and bar its use by public servants to quell legitimate inquiries and criticism of their actions. --NUJP Nonoy Espina
(The Union of Journalists of the Philippines.


Monday, August 14, 2017

Social Media Policy

How is journalism different from blogging? CMFR chair Vergel Santos and PCOO ASec. Kris Ablan talks about the Palace's policy on social media accreditation.

#ANCEarlyEdition: On the social media policy

To The Heights of Its Frame

Samira Ali Gutoc-Tomawis From the Exodus to the Return What Really Happened in Marawi and Lanao ? Timeline of Events Prior to this are ...