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Trump Praises Duterte for Philippine Drug Crackdown in Call Transcript - New York Times

WASHINGTON — President Trump praised President Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines in a phone call last month for doing an “unbelievable job on the drug problem” in the island nation where the government has sanctioned gunning down suspects in the ...and more »

In pictures: ISIS takes control of its first city in the Philippines - AMN Al-Masdar News

DAMASCUS, SYRIA (8:30 P.M.) – Overnight, heavy clashes erupted in the predominately Sunni city of Marawi in the southern Philippines after security forces and ISIS sleeper cells battled it out for hours on end. 2 soldiers and 1 police officer were ...and more »

Police chief beheaded and others killed by IS militants in Philippines - Sky News

Philippines president Rodrigo Duterte may extend martial law after 100 gunmen attacked Marawi City, leaving more than 20 dead. 20:05, UK, Wednesday 24 May 2017. Evacuees from Marawi city are checked by police before entering Iligan city in the ...and more »

Rodrigo Duterte jokes to soldiers that they can rape women with impunity - The Guardian

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has sought to reassure soldiers who might be accused of committing abuses under martial law and jokingly said that if any of them were to rape three women, he would personally claim responsibility for it. Duterte ...and more »

Duterte cuts short trip to Russia after declaring martial law in southern Philippines - The Guardian

The Philippine president, Rodrigo Duterte, is to cut short a trip to Moscow having declared martial law in the south of his country. Duterte was at the beginning of a five-day trip to Russia and was due to meet his “favourite hero”, President Vladimir ...and more »

Philippines violence: IS-linked fighters 'among militants in Marawi' - BBC News

Foreign fighters believed to be linked to so-called Islamic State are among militants killed in a southern Philippine city, officials say. The military has been conducting air strikes in Marawi, on Mindanao island, after it was overrun by jihadists ...and more »

Martial Law and Duterte's Quest for Federalism - The Diplomat

The declaration of martial law raises new questions about the feasibility of a federal system. By Chester Cabalza for The Diplomat. May 27, 2017. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte sought to realign his ideological flow with Russian President ...and more »

Duterte Declares Martial Law Over Chaos in Marawi, Philippines -

ILIGAN CITY, Philippines — ISIS-linked militants swept through a southern Philippine city, beheading a police chief, burning buildings, seizing a Catholic priest and his worshipers and raising the black flag of the group, authorities said Wednesday ...and more »

Duterte moots martial law for the Philippines - Nikkei Asian Review

MANILA -- President Rodrigo Duterte warned Wednesday he may declare martial law throughout the country if terrorism spills beyond Mindanao in the conflict-torn south. Duterte proclaimed martial law in Mindanao on Tuesday night after security forces ...and more »

Duterte declares martial law in Mindanao - Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines (Updated May 24, 12:23 a.m.) — President Rodrigo Duterte declared martial law in Mindanao on Tuesday night in response to clashes in Marawi City that began on Tuesday afternoon. Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella, in a press ...and more »