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  • After Marawi, terrorists remain threat in Philippines, officials say

    After Marawi, terrorists remain threat in Philippines, officials say

    • Nov 2, 2017

    The historically peaceful Marawi on Mindanao Island in the South was the site of a sustained siege by Islamic State loyalists, who wanted to claim it as an IS caliphate. More than 1,100 people — mostly IS fighters — died in the battle. Mindanao’s Cardinal Orlando Quevedo of Cotabato says “the threat of terrorism is still there” and that extremist ideology and the plans for a caliphate continue.

  • Islamic State followers said to desecrate Catholic chapel in Mindanao

    Islamic State followers said to desecrate Catholic chapel in Mindanao

    • Jun 26, 2017

    300 gunmen of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters, known as BIFF, attacked Pigcawayan town, resulting in the displacement of hundreds of residents. The militants also desecrated a church. The BIFF, a breakaway group of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front that has signed a peace deal with the government, has pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group.

  • Martyrdom ‘not remote possibility’ for Mindanao Catholics, priest says

    Martyrdom ‘not remote possibility’ for Mindanao Catholics, priest says

    • Jun 12, 2017

    “The value of witnessing cuts across generations,” Jesuit Father Tim Ofracio said. He was speaking both about the cause for martyrdom for Jesuit Father Francesco Palliola as well as Father Teresito Soganub and other Catholics kidnapped recently by militants. “These are values that raise the dignity of the human person.” He said there is a demand for a “new kind of martyrdom” today, “like dying to yourself and living for others.”