Editorial cartoon by Ed Rompal

So, the fighting in Marawi has not really stopped even as President Duterte has declared the liberation of the war-torn Islamic City.

Last week, Australian Defense Minister Marise Payne committed to send small contingents of Australian soldiers to train Philippine troops in defending themselves against terrorist threats.

Although Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana admitted that our local forces need to work with experienced Australian troops on strategic fighting the foreign soldiers will not be part of the actual battle should attacks occur.

Dubbing the partnership as “a practical training”, this includes a range of urbn combat skills, reconnaissance and information and practice sharing. Australian soldiers have had decades of experience in fighting in the Middle East.

While the Royal Australian Air Force surveillance aircraft are already operating in the southern Philippines, Australian Navy will be sending ships to help develop other skills the Philippines Navy may need to employ.

The six-month urban fighting with and attacks by the Maute Group were incessant from both ends with the soldiers gaining advantage with plane artillery. This left certain barangays in Marawi totally devastated.

Maute, local arm of the international terrorist group, ISIS, is led by Isnilon Hapilon and the Maute brothers, Omar and Abdullah. They fought tooth and nail with local soldiers brutally and deliberately killing Christians. The Maute Group is Muslim. So are majority of residents in Marawi. They abhor Christians so much and killed them on site. 

Marawi residents, who are predominantly Muslims, said the Maute’s actuation is contrary to the Islam conviction who are peace loving. What the Maute is inculcating to recruited members is not within the Islam teachings, they claim. 

What’s worse? Maute leaders heavily indoctrinate their teen warriors: “If you don’t pull the trigger, they will kill you.” 

Debriefing captured Maute youth is one of the biggest challenges for the Philippine Government, not just the retraining of ground troops. 

Like us in Facebook


Latest News

IMAGE Spreading growth outside metropolis will reduce traffic

  By Rose de la Cruz  The National Spatial Strategy, spelled out under the Philippine Development Plan 2017-2022, is designed to spread development... Read More...
BSP gives lower risk weight for MSMEs

  By Rose de la Cruz   To ensure the growth of micro small and medium enterprises (MSMEs), the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas, through its... Read More...
Comelec control urged for narco-infested LGUs

  By Francisco Benjamin Garcia   Rep. Bernadette Herrera-Dy, chairman of the committee on public information at the lower house has urged that... Read More...

WHILE the modernization of public utility vehicles has always been in the wish list of past administrations, thought of as a solution to the... Read More...
The reason why God created woman (and other laughs)

The reason why God created woman Man says to God, “God, why did you make woman so beautiful?” God answers, “So you would love her.” “But... Read More...
R18: The Difference Between a Man and a Woman and Others

The difference between a man and a woman A COUPLE was told to individually write a sentence usingthe words “love” and sex.” The woman wrote:... Read More...

IDINEKLARA ni acting Interior Secretary Catalino Cuy na tagumpay ang ginanap na Asean Summit sa bansa. Sa paningin ni Cuy ay matagumpay ang nasabing... Read More...

Editorial cartoon by Ed Rompal NEWLY minted Bureau of Customs Commissioner Isidro Lapeña is doing a great job.  What his predecessors had failed to... Read More...

Our Guests

This week2866
This month17620

Visitor Info

  • Your IP:

Who Is Online


Wednesday, 22 November 2017
© 2016 OpinYon News Magazine Online. All Rights Reserved.

Please publish modules in offcanvas position.