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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 »

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 »

Martial law declared in Mindanao; Duterte to fly back home from Moscow - Inquirer.net

MOSCOW – President Duterte put the whole island of Mindanao under martial law as of 10 p.m. of May 23, following violent clashes between government troops and members of the Maute group in Marawi. The martial law declaration for the island lasts for 60 ...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 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 »

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 »

Duterte told Trump to 'keep the pressure' on N. Korea - Rappler

PHONE CALL. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte speaks to Chinese President Xi Jinping on the phone with the help of Special Assistant to the President Bong Go. Malacañang file photo. This story was put together in partnership with The Intercept ...and more »

TIMELINE: Marawi clashes prompt martial law in all of Mindanao - Rappler

(UPDATED) Clashes erupt in Marawi City Tuesday afternoon, May 23. At the end of the day, President Rodrigo Duterte declares martial law in all of Mindanao. Carmela Fonbuena and Michael Bueza. Published 12:16 AM, May 24, 2017. Updated 2:40 PM, May 26 ...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 »