November 25, 2017 | MANILA, PHILIPPINES

AFP launches text hot line for Marawi

A MOBILE text hot line has been launched by the military to broadcast and receive messages to and from residents of Marawi and the surrounding areas affected by the still ongoing conflict with the Islamic State-inspired local terror group Maute. “Hotline 1678 allows the AFP to spread information faster and communicate with residents, especially those in need of assistance,” said AFP Representative Major Alwin Maneja in a statement. Hotline 1678 -- or 26563 for sending messages from Globe and TM lines -- which uses Mobile360, a platform developed by Yondu, Inc., will eventually be expanded to cover the whole of Mindanao. “This can be especially helpful to people who may, for example, be stranded in no-go zones, and are in immediate need of food or need to be evacuated. They will be able to send [the AFP] their location,” said Yondu President Joan Peñaflorida. -- Mindanao Bureau