Pres. Duterte Declares Martial Law in Mindanao Cuts Short his Official Visit to Moscow


Pres. Rody Duterte cuts short his official visit to Russia as he declared Martial Law in the entire Mindanao island after deadly clashes erupted between government troops and Islamist militants composed of Abu Sayyaf and Maute group members.


The Philippine President who is now in Moscow decided to cut short his official visit to Russia because of the clashes between the militants and the government troops in Marawi City.

Presidential spokesman Ernesto Abella confirmed the declaration of Martial Law which will be in effect on the Muslim-majority southern Philippines island for 60 days "to suppress lawless violence and rebellion and for public safety," Abella stated.

Clashes erupted between government forces and the Maute group, an Islamist group based in Mindanao, when they occupied some vital installations in Marawi City, a city of about 200,000 people.


Hostilities in Marawi City began when government troops raided an apartment where fighters were reportedly meeting as Abu Sayyaf leader Isnilon Hapilon allegedly wanted to unite all militant groups who pledged allegiance with ISIS, as revealed by Army spokesman Lieutenant-Colonel Jo-ar Herrera.

The Army spokesman stated that due to the raid conducted by government troops, some groups loyal to Abu Sayyaf and the Maute Group allegedly numbering more than 50 militants conducted attacks in various installations within the city as diversionary tactics to help Isnilon and the leaders of the Maute Group.

Some residents in Marawi City who feared to go out from their respective homes posted photos on social media showing armed men roaming the city black flags of ISIL and even capturing some government vehicles. 

Source/s: PNA, Al Jazeera, CNN Philippines


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