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Martial law in Mindanao

Martial law has been declared in Mindanao, after armed men, identified with the Maute Group, clashed with troops in Marawi City in Lanao del Sur. Initial reports, including the alleged burning of the local cathedral, caused President Duterte to proclaim martial law in Mindanao.

Major Gen. Arnel dela Vega, commander of the Philippine Army 6th Infantry Division, said they were arrested in a simultaneous raid of three houses at around 5:20 a.m.

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The Armed Forces of the Philippines said that an intense firefight between government troops and the Maute Group erupted in Lanao del Sur yesterday.

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Seven more aftershocks greeted the people of Wao, Lanao del Sur and its surrounding areas on Easter Sunday, with the first happening at 1:26 a.m. with magnitude 2.3, the state volcanology office said.

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The cadavers of Japeth Ceballos, wife Merliza, both car dealers; and their friend Rex Villanueva were found dumped on the roadside in Barangay Sigayan in Mulondo town on Tuesday morning by Maranao passersby travelling from nearby Masiu town towards Iligan City.

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At least six houses were destroyed and an additional 170 sustained damages following a strong earthquake that hit Lanao del Sur and surrounding areas, according to the National Disasters Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC).

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