Part Of The Philippines Is Now Under Martial Law

Philippine forces hunt top Islamist militant in city

Philippine forces hunt top Islamist militant in city

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday declared martial law in southern Mindanao province as fighting between the army and militants linked to the Islamic State broke out in Marawi City.

Abella said Duterte would cut short his trip to Moscow and return to the Philippines.

The emergency declaration took immediate effect and will last for 60 days, according to presidential spokesman Ernesto Abella, who made the announcement on Tuesday from Russian Federation, where Duterte was on a scheduled four-day official visit.

The late dictator Ferdinand Marcos placed the nation under military rule for nearly a decade from 1972, a period in which more than 3,000 people were killed and tens of thousands tortured and jailed.

He later clarified martial law applied to all of the Mindanao region.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told state news agency RIA Novosti that President Vladimir Putin would see Duterte before his departure late on May 23, instead of May 24 as planned.

Jerome Aba, national chairperson of the rights group, also said the declaration of martial law will only justify the urban militarization in Marawi City. "Unfortunately, I must go there now", he said at the start of the meeting.

On Tuesday, government forces clashed with Maute fighters in Marawi City.

Marawi is about 800 kilometres (500 miles) south of Manila, the nation's capital.

Duterte will leave Russian Federation at 10 p.m. Moscow time to return to Manila.

Two soldiers and a police officer have been killed, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said.

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He also verified that the church, city jail, Ninoy Aquino School and Dansalan College have been set on fire by the group.

The militants beheaded an elderly German and two Canadians past year after ransom demands were not met.

After more than 20 years as mayor of Davao, Duterte won the presidential election last May with promises to rid the country of drugs and crime, to kill every drug dealer and user, and to feed their corpses to the fish in Manila Bay...

Security analysts say Hapilon has been trying to unite Filipino militant groups that have professed allegiance to IS.

Ano said Hapilon, who is still recovering from wounds sustained in a military airstrike in January, and more than a dozen of his men summoned reinforcements from their allies in the Maute militant group. More recently, he has been bringing up in speeches the idea of placing Mindanao under military rule to curb insurgency.

The main Muslim rebel groups are involved in peace talks with the government.

These include the Maute group, which is based near Marawi, hundreds of kilometers to the north of the Abu Sayyaf strongholds.

The Marawi fighting came six weeks after the military foiled a mass kidnapping attempt by the Abu Sayyaf on the central resort island of Bohol.

President Duterte, on a working visit here, placed the whole of Mindanao under martial law last night to suppress lawless violence and rebellion, following the deadly siege of the Maute terror group in Marawi City, Lanao del Sur. Martial law will apply for 60 days.

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