The military has appealed to communist rebels to stop launching attacks and allow the unhampered movement of representatives of government agencies helping evacuees fleeing the wrath of Mayon volcano in Albay province. “Our fellow Filipinos are currently facing a critical situation. They need all immediate help that we can give. Let us temporarily put aside the fighting to provide them with unhampered quick assistance,” said Col. Teody Toribio, spokesperson for the military’s Southern Luzon Command.
Shortly before flying back to the Philippines, President Duterte on Friday advised Indian business leaders here to “avoid Mindanao,” as it remained under military rule. “Avoid Mindanao. There’s still martial law there,” Mr. Duterte said in a brief meeting with Indian entrepreneurs interested in investing in the Philippines.
Three years after the Mamasapano tragedy, Senator Grace Poe said that seemingly nothing much has happened. “While charges have been filed against people who are believed to be responsible for the debacle, nothing much has happened,” Poe said in a statement recently.