MAUTE Group

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The Maute group is also known as the Islamic State of Lanao which was originally known as Dawlah IslamiyaThe group is composed of former Moro Islamic Liberation Front guerrillas and some foreign fighters led by Abdullah Maute, the alleged founder of a Dawlah Islamiya, or Islamic state based in Lanao del Sur, Mindanao, Philippines.Maute group was involved in a clash with Philippine Army troops in February 2016 that led to the capture of their headquarters in Butig, Lanao del Sur.There are reports that Omar Maute, Abdullah’s brother, was killed in that clash.There are also reports to the contrary, claiming that he escaped before the camp was overrun and is still alive;video footage found on a cellphone captured by Philippine government troops during the Marawi crisis indicates this to be true.Since then the group, which a Philippine Army brigade commander characterized as terrorist, has been conducting a protection racket in the remote settlements of Butig.

The group was founded in 2012 by brothers Abdullah and Omar Maute, who were petty criminals at the time. The group pledged allegiance to the Islamic State in April 2015, along with the Ansar Khalifa Philippines terrorist organization, vowing to provide support for each other.However, according to former National Security Council senior consultant Ashley Acedillo, there are no indications that ISIS ever acknowledged the Maute group’s pledge.

Philippine Army sources state that their initial encounter with the Maute group involved a firefight in 2013 when the insurgents attacked a security checkpoint the government troops were manning in Madalum, Lanao del Sur. The group is thought to have over 100 members and were supplied with equipment by a foreign terrorist.They are said to be affiliated with Jemaah Islamiya, a Southeast Asian Islamist terrorist group.

Although some reports indicate that the Maute group is regularly seen carrying black flags bearing the insignia of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, Butig town mayor Ibrahim Macadato has stated that the group is not affiliated with ISIS, but are merely armed residents. However, training manuals and other documents for militants under the Islamic State were recovered from their captured camp, indicating that the group may be trying to link up with ISIS.

Butig, the headquarters of the Maute group, is also a stronghold of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front and both groups are tied by blood or marriage. Brothers Omar and Abdullah Maute are first cousins of Azisa Romato, the wife of the late MILF Vice Chairman for Military Affairs Alim Abdul Aziz Mimbantas, who is buried in Butig. The Maute brothers themselves were once members of the MILF.

As ISIS suffers setbacks in Syria and Iraq, experts warn that hundreds of fighters from Indonesia and Malaysia will return to look for new opportunities to take the fight elsewhere, and the Maute group’s pledge of loyalty to ISIS could serve as an incentive to join ranks with the organization. Since at least 2016, reports on jihadist activities in the Philippines and of Filipino fighters with ISIS indicate an increasing degree of coordination, cooperation, and cohesion between Southeast Asian jihadist militants and the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq.
The Maute group is said to be actively recruiting minors for service as child warriors and using the non-passage of the Bangsamoro Basic Law as propaganda.In April 2016, they abducted six sawmill workers from Butig, two of whom were later found beheaded. The group is also suspected of being behind a failed bomb plot in close proximity to the US embassy in Manila in November 2016.

Defence Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said that the Maute group had established links with the Abu Sayyaf and that there are “indications” that the group is aligning themselves with ISIS. On November 28, the Philippine government finally officially acknowledged that Maute is linked to ISIS in a live televised comment by President Rodrigo Duterte.

Last May 23, 2017, the Maute group attacked the city of Marawi in the Philippines. The attack resulted in the destruction of homes, the deaths and wounding of soldiers, policemen, and civilians, the torching of a mosque, and a hospital being overrun. The former leader of Abu Sayyaf, Isnilon Hapilon was seen with the group during the attack. The attack resulted in President Duterte declaring a state of martial law across the entire island of Mindanao with the possibility that it be expanded nationwide.

Miss International 2016 is Miss Philippines Kylie Verzosa

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Miss Philippines Kylie Verzosa won the Miss International 2016 pageant held last October 27, 2016 at Tokyo Dome City Hall, Tokyo Japan. She is 24 years old filipino teacher and a model. There are a total of 69 contestants during Miss International 2016.

For the special awards, Best Dresser winner is Miss Indonesia – Felicia Hwang, Miss Perfect Body winner is Miss Moldova – Alina Chirciu and Miss Nicaragua – Brianny Chamorro won the Best National Costume.

Here is the official result or list of winners or placements:
Miss International 2016 – Philippines – Kylie Verzosa
1st runner-up – Australia – Alexandra Britton
2nd runner-up – Indonesia – Felicia Hwang
3rd runner-up – Nicaragua – Brianny Chamorro
4th runner-up – USA – Kaitryana Leinbach

Top 15
Argentina – Yoana Don
Canada – Amber Bernachi
Dominican Republic – Cynthia Núñez
El Salvador – Elizabeth Cader
Finland – Emilia Seppänen
Japan – Jyunna Yamagata
Mexico – Geraldine Ponce
Poland – Magdalena Bie?kowska
Russia – Alisa Manenok
Thailand – Pattiya Pongthai

First State of the Nation Address (SONA) 2016 of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte – FULL TEXT

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Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte delivered his first State of the Nation Address (SONA 2016) at Session Hall of the House of RepresentativesBatasan Pambansa Complex, Quezon City Philippines.

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Updated Partial or Unofficial Results of 2016 Philippine Election

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election 2016 philippine elections

55,735,757 registered voters in Philippines

as of May 11, 2016, 11:00 p.m.

95.65% VOTES COUNTED

PRESIDENT
DUTERTE, RODY
15,879,761 VOTES
38.54 %
ROXAS, MAR DAANG MATUWID
9,663,869 VOTES
23.46 %
POE, GRACE
8,913,006 VOTES
21.63 %
BINAY, JOJO
5,301,756 VOTES
12.87 %
DEFENSOR SANTIAGO, MIRIAM
1,417,450 VOTES
3.44 %

VICE PRESIDENT
ROBREDO, LENI DAANG MATUWID
13,968,884 VOTES
35.13 %
MARCOS, BONGBONG
13,738,585 VOTES
34.56 %
CAYETANO, ALAN PETER
5,655,489 VOTES
14.22 %
ESCUDERO, CHIZ
4,797,834 VOTES
12.07 %
TRILLANES, ANTONIO IV
840,154 VOTES
2.11 %
HONASAN, GRINGO
757,121 VOTES
1.90%

SENATORS
1. DRILON, FRANK (LP)
18,087,456 VOTES
2. VILLANUEVA, JOEL TESDAMAN (LP)
18,031,767 VOTES
3. SOTTO, VICENTE (NPC)
16,776,076 VOTES
4. LACSON, PANFILO PING (IND)
16,479,056 VOTES
5. GORDON, DICK (IND)
16,246,971 VOTES
6. ZUBIRI, MIGZ (IND)
15,623,735 VOTES
7. PACQUIAO, MANNY (UNA)
15,522,804 VOTES
8. HONTIVEROS, RISA (AKBYN)
15,497,083 VOTES
9. PANGILINAN, KIKO (LP)
15,474,422 VOTES
10. GATCHALIAN, WIN (NPC)
14,633,351 VOTES
11. RECTO, RALPH (LP)
13,848,397 VOTES
12. DE LIMA, LEILA (LP)
13,747,750 VOTES
13. TOLENTINO, FRANCIS (IND)
12,476,123 VOTES
14. OSMEÑA, SERGIO III (IND)
12,289,741 VOTES
15. ROMUALDEZ, MARTIN (LAKAS)
12,024,348 VOTES
16. DOMAGOSO, ISKO MORENO (PMP)
10,876,292 VOTES
17. GUINGONA, TG (LP)
9,985,633 VOTES
18. PETILLA, CARLOS JERICHO (LP)
6,872,863 VOTES
19. LAPID, MARK (AKSYON)
6,408,087 VOTES
20. COLMENARES, NERI (MKBYN)
6,308,905 VOTES
21. MANZANO, EDU (IND)
5,089,523 VOTES
22. ROMULO, ROMAN (IND)
4,704,714 VOTES
23. OPLE, SUSAN (NP)
2,639,725 VOTES
24. LACSAMANA, ALMA MORENO (UNA)
2,358,651 VOTES
25. BELGICA, GRECO (IND)
2,013,494 VOTES
26. ALUNAN, RAFFY (IND)
1,938,197 VOTES
27. GADON, LARRY (KBL)
1,917,127 VOTES
28. LANGIT, REY (UNA)
1,793,487 VOTES
29. KAPUNAN, ATTY. LORNA (AKSYON)
1,756,222 VOTES
30. SANTIAGO, DIONISIO (IND)
1,748,671 VOTES
31. PAGDILAO, SAMUEL (IND)
1,700,084 VOTES
32. CHAVEZ, MEL (WPPPMM)
1,676,515 VOTES
33. NAPEÑAS, GETULIO (UNA)
1,659,882 VOTES
34. AMBOLODTO, INA (LP)
1,564,884 VOTES
35. MONTANO, ALLAN (UNA)
1,551,191 VOTES
36. BELLO, WALDEN (IND)
1,048,288 VOTES
37. KIRAM, PRINCESS JACEL (UNA)
918,938 VOTES
38. ALBANI, SHARIFF (IND)
839,361 VOTES
39. PALPARAN, JOVITO JR. (IND)
815,106 VOTES
40. PAEZ, MR. COOP (IND)
784,064 VOTES
41. CAM, SANDRA (PMP)
769,831 VOTES
42. LIBAN, DANTE (IND)
748,761 VOTES
43. MONTAÑO, MON (IND)
729,683 VOTES
44. MAGANTO, ROMEO (LAKAS)
698,350 VOTES
45. ALI, ALDIN (WPPPMM)
675,046 VOTES
46. ARQUIZA, GODOFREDO (IND)
653,203 VOTES
47. BALIGOD, LEVITO (IND)
570,566 VOTES
48. VALEROSO, DIOSDADO (IND)
504,679 VOTES
49. DORONA, RAY (IND)
473,183 VOTES
50. KABALU, EID (IND)
351,983 VOTES

TOP 40 PARTY-LIST
1. 16 AKO BICOL
1,633,858 VOTES (5.21 %)
2. 36 GABRIELA
1,337,069 VOTES (4.26 %)
3. 25 1PACMAN
1,284,631 VOTES (4.10 %)
4. 31 ACT TEACHERS
1,148,027 VOTES (3.66 %)
5. 69 SENIOR CITIZENS
957,098 VOTES (3.05 %)
6. 30 KABAYAN
807,253 VOTES (2.57 %)
7. 1 AGRI
803,885 VOTES (2.56 %)
8. 110 BUHAY
751,891 VOTES (2.40 %)
9. 89 PBA
746,995 VOTES (2.38 %)
10. 62 ABONO
717,064 VOTES (2.29 %)
11. 21 COOP-NATCCO
652,393 VOTES (2.08 %)
12. 63 AMIN
613,898 VOTES (1.96 %)
13. 14 AKBAYAN
588,224 VOTES (1.88 %)
14. 8 AGAP
587,614 VOTES (1.87 %)
15. 81 BAYAN MUNA
585,055 VOTES (1.87 %)
16. 78 AN WARAY
583,467 VOTES (1.86 %)
17. 72 CIBAC
543,495 VOTES (1.73 %)
18. 60 AAMBIS-OWA
483,007 VOTES (1.54 %)
19. 58 KALINGA
482,672 VOTES (1.54 %)
20. 51 A TEACHER, INC.
461,877 VOTES (1.47 %)
21. 6 DIWA
457,963 VOTES (1.46 %)
22. 57 TUCP
456,169 VOTES (1.45 %)
23. 40 LPGMA
456,078 VOTES (1.45 %)
24. 5 ABANG LINGKOD
453,538 VOTES (1.45 %)
25. 34 YACAP
443,650 VOTES (1.41 %)
26. 44 ALONA
429,401 VOTES (1.37 %)
27. 102 1-SAGIP
392,210 VOTES (1.25 %)
28. 93 BUTIL
391,615 VOTES (1.25 %)
29. 52 ANAKPAWIS
353,850 VOTES (1.13 %)
30. 88 ACTS-OFW
343,310 VOTES (1.09 %)
31. 32 ANG KABUHAYAN
339,341 VOTES (1.08 %)
32. 43 ANGKLA
328,547 VOTES (1.05 %)
33. 98 MATA
320,586 VOTES (1.02 %)
34. 97 1-CARE
319,549 VOTES (1.02 %)
35. 91 ANAC-IP
300,651 VOTES (0.96 %)
36. 39 ABS
296,814 VOTES (0.95 %)
37. 100 BH (BAGONG HENERASYON)
295,296 VOTES (0.94 %)
38. 55 KABATAAN
293,154 VOTES (0.93 %)
39. 59 AASENSO
285,518 VOTES (0.91 %)
40. 9 SBP
277,949 VOTES (0.89 %)

2016 Philippine Presidential Election Candidates

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2016 PHILIPPINE Presidential Election Candidates

Get to know all the 2016 Philippine Presidential Election Candidates. It is always better to know all of them first before we give their votes to them this coming May 2016 Presidential election.

Top Presidential Candidates are Rodrigo Duterte, Grace Poe, Mar Roxas, Jejomar Binay and Miriam Defensor Santiago.

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Updated Sinulog Festival 2016 Information, Schedule of Activities and Programs

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Get to know the about Sinulog and the updated schedule of activities and programs of Cebu City Sinulog Festival 2016

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Miss Philippines Pia Wurtzbach is Miss Universe 2015

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Miss Philippines Pia Wurtzbach is Miss Universe 2015 Miss Philippines Pia Wurtzbach is Miss Universe 2015Among the 80 contestants, Miss Philippines Pia Wurtzbach won the Miss Universe 2015.
This is the third time Philippines won the Miss Universe Title (Margarita Moran, 1973 and Gloria Diaz, 1969).
Miss Universe 2015 was held at The Axis in Las Vegas, Nevada USA, December 21, 2015 evening US Time.
Miss Universe 2015 hosts were Emmy Award-winning TV personality and comedian Steve Harvey and actress Roselyn Sanchez.
Miss Universe 2015 Final Telecast judges were Emmitt Smith, Niecy Nash, Olivia Culpo, and Perez Hilton.

Miss Universe Top 3 Final Question:

“Why should you be the next Miss Universe?”
Miss Philippines Pia Wurtzbach Answer:
To be a Miss Universe is both an honor and a responsibility. If I were to be Miss Universe, I will use my voice to influence the youth and I will raise awareness to certain causes like HIV awareness that is timely and relevant to my country, i.e. Philippines. I want to show the world—the Universe, rather—that I am confident and beautiful from the heart.”

Miss Universe First runner up is Miss Colombia Ariadna Gutiérrez-Arévalo
Miss Universe second runner up is USA, Olivia Jordan

Miss Universe  2015 Best in National Costume: Miss Thailand – Aniporn Chalermburanawong

Miss Universe Top 5:
Philippines, Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach
Colombia, Ariadna Gutiérrez-Arévalo
USA, Olivia Jordan
France, Flora Coquerel
Australia, Monika Radulovic

Miss Universe Top 10:

USA
Colombia
Japan
Thailand
Australia
Dominican Republic
France
Curaçao
Philippines
Venezuela

Miss Universe 2015 Top 15:

Australia, Monika Radulovic
Belgium, Annelies Törös
Brazil, Marthina Brandt
Colombia, Ariadna Gutiérrez-Arévalo
Curaçao, Kanisha Sluis
Dominican Republic, Clarissa Molina
France, Flora Coquerel
Indonesia, Anindya Putri
Japan, Ariana Miyamoto
Mexico, Wendy Esparza
Philippines, Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach
South Africa, Refilwe Mthimunye
Thailand, Aniporn Chalermburanawong
USA, Olivia Jordan
Venezuela, Mariana Jimenez

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Getting to Know the Winner of 2015 X Factor Australia Season 7 Cyrus Villanueva

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Winner of X Factor Australia Season 7 Cyrus VillanuevaLast November 24, 2015, Filipino-Australian Cyrus Villanueva was declared the winner of X Factor Australia Season 7 with Chris Isaak as his winning mentor. X Factor Australia Season 7 started September 13, 2015. Other judges were Guy Sebastian, Dannii Minogue, James Blunt.
Name: Cyrus Villanueva
Age: 19 years old as of 2015
Residence: Wollongong, New South Wales
Musical Influences: Nat Kin Cole, Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, Ray Charles
Song he sang during his audition at X Factor Australia Season 7: “Earned It” by The Weekend
School: University of Wollongong
Albums: Self Titled Album “Cyrus” will be released on December 9, 2015 from Sony Music Australia and a Debut Single “Stone”.

Trivia:
1.    Cyrus Villanueva is from a family that enjoys music. His brothers and his father are professional entertainers.
2.    He is studying graphic Design at the University and at his spare time he performs gigs at the bar, café, and weddings.
3.    He knows how to play the piano and guitar.
4.    Cyrus Father is a Filipino and his mother is an Australian.

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Manny Pacquiao versus Floyd Mayweather Jr. Fight round per round Details

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Get to know the details of Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. Fight round per round details
May 3, 2015 Sunday, Philippine time at the MGM Grand Garden Arena Las Vegas, Nevada

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Getting to Know Floyd Mayweather Jr.

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floyd mayweather jr.Manny Pacquiao will be fighting the “undefeated” Floyd Mayweather Jr.
The fight is May 3, 2015 (Sunday, Philippine Time) at MGM Grand Garden Arena Las Vegas, Nevada

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It is good to know the opponent of our very own Manny Pacquiao.

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