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Duterte may expand martial law to Visayas - ABS-CBN News

MANILA (UPDATE) – President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday bared that he might expand the coverage of his martial law declaration to Visayas if terror groups spread their activities outside Mindanao. This after declaring Mindanao under martial law ...and more »

Duterte to fly back to Manila with Mindanao under martial law - Philippine Star

Philippines Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano answers questions from the media during a news conference following the flag-raising ceremony Monday, May 22, 2017 in suburban Pasay city, south of Manila, Philippines. Cayetano has sought to ...and more »

Philippines' Finance Minister Says Economy Not Threatened by Martial Law - U.S. News & World Report

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte talks to Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III and newly-appointed Central Bank Governor Nestor Espenilla at the Malacanang presidential palace in Manila, Philippines May 8, 2017. Picture taken May 8, 2017 ...and more »

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 »

Duterte declares martial law in Mindanao - Rappler

MARAWI BURNING. At least 3 separate fires broke out in the city on May 23, 2017, as the gun battle rages between the military and the Maute Group. Photo from @attysamina. MOSCOW, Russia (4th UPDATE) – President Rodrigo Duterte declared martial law in ...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 »

PH, Russia sign defense agreement, 9 other deals - Rappler

DEALS INKED. Though President Rodrigo Duterte had to cut short his Russia visit, agreements were still signed after he left for the Philippines. Presidential photo. MOSCOW, Russia – The Philippines and Russia sealed a total of 10 deals after President ...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 »

Duterte makes rape 'joke' for martial law troops -

President Rodrigo Duterte joked on Friday that soldiers could rape up to three women, as he reassured them of his full support under his newly declared martial law in southern Philippines. Duterte made the comments in jest during a speech to soldiers ...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 »