Malacañang to launch ‘Mindanao Hour’ to update public regarding the armed conflict in Mindanao

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Manila, Philippines  –  Malacañang said it will launch this week the “Mindanao Hour”; a program to update the public on developments regarding the armed conflict in Mindanao.

Mindanao Hour is set to air Monday, May 29. The program is in line with the government’s efforts “to give updates on what is happening on the ground in Marawi and elsewhere in Mindanao”.

The Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) is eyeing the appointment of a civilian Maranao spokesperson who will provide the updates and explain to the public the ongoing government offensive against the Maute group in Marawi City and the Lanao region, Communications Secretary Martin Andanar said.

Andanar said he will head the Mindanao Hour Communications Center in Davao while a smaller Iligan Mindanao Hour Communications Center will also be formed, to be headed by PIA Director General Harold Clavite.

Presidential spokesman Ernesto Abella said the “Mindanao Hour” will be held every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 11 a.m. in Malacañang.

Abella said additional updates may be given during his regular briefing every Tuesday and Thursday while he and Armed Forces spokesman Brig. Gen. Restituto Padilla will provide updates during weekends via the government radio station Radyo ng Bayan