Wednesday, 23 August, 2017

Philippines may impose nationwide martial law to tackle IS

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Carlton Santiago | 25 May, 2017, 06:44

"I just want to congratulate you because I am hearing of the unbelievable job on the drug problem", Trump said in the phone call, according to the transcript.

Duterte has frequently raised the prospect of martial law amid outbursts of violence in Mindanao. Duterte responded that he thought he was "unstable", noting that he is always smiling during missile tests and "has gone against China which is the last country he should rebuke". Islamic State has been making troubling inroads in Mindanao in recent years, seeking to co-opt homegrown militant factions that have long roiled the island-and that should cause no less concern than Duterte's excesses.

Three government troops died in the fighting, said Abella, and 12 were injured.

Authorities insisted the situation was under control but residents who fled told a different story and said Marawi was in the hands of the rebels, who had allowed civilians to leave.

"We are expecting the arrest of Isnilon Hapilon".

The Maute has been blamed for a bomb attack that killed 15 people in southern Davao city, Duterte's hometown, last September and a number of attacks on government forces in Lanao, although it has faced setbacks from a series of military offensives.

"(The terrorists) have threatened to kill the hostages if government forces pitted against them are not recalled", said Archbishop Socrates Villegas, president of the Philippine bishops' conference.

Duterte, however, has cast the decision as one he made reluctantly - and one that, now that he's made it, he's resolved to carry through to its conclusion. He said the United States didn't want to use them.

Duterte met late Tuesday with Russian President Vladimir Putin and said he is counting on Russia to supply weapons for the Philippines to fight terrorism. Hapilon was reportedly designated the leader of the alliance. "It's very consistent in developing relations with other countries on (a) mutually beneficial basis and on the basis of mutual respect".

Visayas region are the group of island provinces in the central Philippines. "I will be staying behind".

Under the 1987 constitution, the president has the ability to place the country under martial law, though Congress has the ability to revoke the proclamation. Mr. Trump then said, "I understand that and fully understand that, and I think we had a previous president who did not understand that, but I understand that we have spoken about this before". "I'd be harsh", Duterte said onboard a flight back to Manila, in a video sent by his staff. The insult derailed a planned meeting between them.

Many young Filipinos have little or no knowledge of the period under Marcos, and of life under martial law. That's the good news. He is a commander of the Abu Sayyaf militant group and was wounded by a military airstrike in January.

He said that members of the Maute Group occupied parts of Marawi City in response, as reported by the Philippines Star. There have also been assassinations of military personnel in the southern Philippines.

It has conducted dozens of missile launches and two nuclear bomb tests since the start of past year.

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