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Philippine President Duterte eyes nationwide martial law
24 May 2017
From the section Asia

President Rodrigo Duterte has said martial law on Mindanao island could be extended across the Philippines, while the army fights Islamist militants.
Mr Duterte said insurgents had beheaded a policeman on the southern island. At least three other members of the security forces are reported dead.
On Tuesday he imposed martial law on Mindanao, where Muslim separatists and other rebels are fighting the army.
Some of the groups have pledged support for so-called Islamic State (IS).
Thousands of people have been fleeing fighting in the city of Marawi after gunmen rampaged through the city.

Security forces have been patrolling streets on Mindanao after the declaration of martial law.

"I will not hesitate to do anything and everything to protect and preserve the Filipino nation," the president said. "I might declare martial law throughout the country to protect the people."
President Duterte said the police chief of Malabang on Mindanao had been stopped on his way home "at a checkpoint manned by terrorists and I think they decapitated them right there and then".
As he imposed 60 days of martial law on the island on Tuesday, he warned he would be harsh in dealing with terrorism.

"If it takes a year to do it, then we'll do it. If it's over within a month, then I would be happy," he said in a video posted online by the government.

Mr Duterte cut short his visit to Russia to deal with the violence.

During his talks in Moscow with Russian President Vladimir Putin, he also said the Philippines needed more modern weapons to fight IS militants and other militant groups.

Martial law allows the use of the military to enforce order and the detention of people without charge for long periods.

The Philippine constitution says a president can only declare martial law for 60 days to stop an invasion or a rebellion.

Who are the Maute group? - BBC Monitoring
Also known as IS Ranao, the group is based in Mindanao's Lanao del Sur province

Formed in 2012 by Abdullah Maute (aka Abu Hasan) and his brother Omar
Ranks are believed to comprise a few hundred fighters, mostly from other armed Islamist groups

The group's first known encounter with the military came in 2013, when it attacked a security checkpoint in Mindanao
Pledged allegiance to IS in 2015

In February 2016, troops overran the group's Butig headquarters, killing around 40 rebels
The group has also been linked with Isnilon Hapilon, a prominent figure in the Abu Sayyaf militant group

Deep-rooted conflict

The violence in Marawi, a city of about 200,000 people in Mindanao, erupted on Tuesday as the army searched for the leader of a militant group that had pledged allegiance to IS, the military said.

Defence Secretary Delfin Lorenzana identified the militants as members of the Maute group. They had occupied a hospital and a jail, and burnt down buildings including a church, he added.

Marawi is about 800km (500 miles) south of the capital Manila.
Mr Duterte had promised that finding a lasting peace on the island would be a top priority for his administration.

But the conflict is complex and deep-rooted, the BBC's Jonathan Head reports.
Solutions have eluded previous governments, and it is not clear that President Duterte's reliance on martial law will prove any more successful, our correspondent says.


The Philippine constitution says a president can only declare martial law for 60 days to stop an invasion or a rebellion.

Really? Marcos must be a genius to getaway with almost twenty years of Martial Law! Does the Constitution mean anything anymore?


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  • joerizjoeriz PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    _knorr_ wrote: »

    Joke lang........
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  • fyrkrkrfyrkrkr PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
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    I have this thought that someone or some group with money and power is behind this. This is just the first to force the President to declare Martial Law, then there will be continues attacks in some other part of the country using NPA's. This will force the President to declare Martial Law through out the country. Once Martial Law has been declared, then a plot of human rights abuse will be set on stage that will be shown on local and international media to get the sympathy of the world, then support will come and a revolutionary government will be born again. Just like how they did it during Marcos time.
  • buddywbuddyw PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    ISIS lumakas, kumalat na hanggang Visayas – Duterte

    Nahaluan na ng teroristang ISIS o Islamic State of Iraq and Syria ang mga armadong grupo sa Mindanao at kumalat na sa ibang bahagi ng Visayas at posibleng maging sa Luzon.

    Ito ang ibinunyag ni Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte sa isang pribadong pulong na dinaluhan nito sa Cebu City.

    Sinabi ng Pangulo na sumapi na sa ISIS ang Abu Sayyaf at ito ngayon ang pinangangambahan dahil nangyari na ito sa Marawi City.

    Aminado ang Pangulo na posibleng mahirapan ang gobyerno kung sabay sabay na sumalakay ang mga ito sa iba’t ibang mga lungsod kayat kailangan aniyang abisuhan at mag-warning sa mga mayor at mga gobernador.

    “It seems as if they are already spreading. We consider them ISIS already. Contaminated na tanan. Mga Abu Sayyaf, tanan na sila, mga… (All the groups have been contaminated, the Abu Sayyaf, all of them.) — Any and all have pledged allegiance to ISIS. So they are really ISIS now and — On my part, I’m worried about what’s going to happen. It has happened in Marawi. My only worry is that they are really out, dispersed in the Visayas and maybe sa Luzon,” anang Pangulo.

    Tiwala naman ang Presidente na hindi mananalo ang mga ito kaya lamang aniya ay parang hayop ang mga ito kayat kailangan ang maagap na babala sa mga lokal na opisyal.

    “And kung tanungin ko lang kayo, what if they do again a Marawi thing and it is done on several cities at the same time? So diyan ako kabado. Kaya mahirapan tayo.

    So nagwa-warning lang ako sa mga… sa mga mayors pati governors. I’ll do the same in Manila. No need for me to do that in Mindanao. Eh taga-roon sila eh. So Luzon might also have a — must have an early warning device,” dagdag pa ng Pangulo.

    Kung sa bilang ay panalo aniya ang puwersa ng gobyerno sa mga kalaban at ang hindi lang kaya ay Improvised Explosive Device (IED) kaya kailangang makausap ang mga elected officials.
  • xpopcornxxpopcornx PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    Go Duterte....Martial Law na. :)
  • joerizjoeriz PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    Promises to stop drugs, stop corruption, build, build, ibuild will take more than his term to complete them,
    Ipso facto, martial law to be able to do good in his promises whlie in office indefinitely!
  • gotta lick itgotta lick it PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    it is more like Martial Law = No Elections.

    DuDirty knows his Dirty congress will feel the full wrath of the voting public come 2019.
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  • gotta lick itgotta lick it PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    Martial Law = Emergency Powers for Build Build Build.

    they said they can build a world class stadium in just less 2 years at Clark Green City. sinong niloko ninyo?? it doesnot even have facilities, roads and utilities.

    but with Martial Law anything is possible just what the Marcoses did during their Martial Law Era. no more bidding just build those white elephants because the president said so.
  • elBartoloelBartolo PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    Posted May 2017. Kumusta na? Malapit na March 2018. Kathang isip lang yata to :lol:
  • xpopcornxxpopcornx PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    Martial Law under Duterte is good. Tapos kayong mga dilawan. :)
  • gotta lick itgotta lick it PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    Martial Law = Philippines, Province of China
  • phillyphilly Member PEx Expert 🎖️
    xpopcornx wrote: »
    Martial Law under Duterte is good. Tapos kayong mga dilawan. :)

    e hindi ba happy ka sa accomplishments ni Digong? so bakit martial law pa?
    are you saying things are getting worse?
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