Fighting still continues between the government forces and Maute terror group inside Marawi City for four months already. Military says the fighting is confined in a ‘small area’ near the Lake Lanao. The fighting, which erupted on May 23, has displaced at least 300,000 persons and temporarily staying in 78 evacuation centers. Having grown up in Cotabato province, wars between government forces and Moro rebels have been a part of my childhood. But I never thought that this type of fighting would happen one day: urban warfare. Photos were taken as the crisis enters on its fourth month.



Thick smoke rises from the battle area after FA-50 fighter jets bomb Maute terror group positions.

What was once a lively, is now reduced into wreckage as fighting between the government forces and ISIS-inspired terrorists enters on its fourth month in Marawi City.

Marawi City Hall

Sitti Jayna comforts her son Johaibir, who was then 4 days old when this photo was taken on September 19, 2017 at an evacuation camp in Balo-i, Lanao del Norte.

It took about two months for the government troops to retake the Mapandi area.

Mapandi bridge

For four months, this evacuation camp in Pantar, Lanao del Norte is a home to at least 500 people from Marawi City.

Evacution camp in Pantar, Lanao del Norte.

Medics apply initial treatment to a wounded government trooper at the medic station inside the Mapandi district in Marawi City.

A government soldier awaits deployment order.

An Army truck passes by Marine-controlled sector in Mapandi.

Marine outpost inside Mapandi

Cat in the warzone

Philippine Marines outpost

A view of the destruction from a top of the building in Mapandi District.


Evacuation camp in Saguiaran, Lanao de Sur.

A Marine trooper checks his phone amid the rubbles inside Marawi City.

A Marine trooper inside the kitchen of their temporary outpost.

Bullet-riddled buildings inside Mapandi district.

Philippine Marine troopers transport bags of rice.

Mapandi district, so far the only portion of Marawi City accessible to the media.

Children evacuees in Saguiran, Lanao del Sur.

Evacuees from Marawi City attend classes inside a makeshift tent in Pantar, Lanao del Norte.