Tuesday, May 23, 2017

President Duterte declares Martial Law in Mindanao

Tuesday, 10pm, President Rodrigo Duterte declared Martial Law in Mindanao for 60 days due to the ongoing fight between government soldiers and Maute group terrorist in Marawi City.

In a press briefing in Moscow, Presidential spokesman Ernesto Abella make the announcement saying it was President Duterte's ordered.

"What the President has done is only for Mindanao including Basilan, Sulu, and Tawi-tawi," he said.

According to Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano, the meeting between Duterte, President Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedec will be postponed as the President will be leaving Russia at 10pm Russia Time and return to Manila.

"They understand that the President has to return to the Philippines. I will stay behind to sign agreements. The President feels he is needed in Manila ASAP," Cayetano said.

Amids the ongoing clashes, 2 soldiers and one police officer were killed, while 12 others were wounded, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said.

"The whole of Marawi City is blacked out. There is no light and there are Maute snipers all around so the troops are still on holding and several groups of element already joined them from other neighboring units," he said.

Lorenzana also said the Maute group burned several facilities: St. Mary's Church, city jail, the Ninoy Aquino School and Dansalan College.

He added more troops will be brought to Marawi tomorrow.

"No civilians are roaming around, they’re all in their houses but there are several houses that were burned surrounding the other facilities that were burned earlier," he said.

Source: Rappler


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