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Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Philippine President Duterte eyes nationwide martial law

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.
"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, a Mindanao native, 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.
Source By BBC.COM



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