Duterte cancels Japan trip amid insurgency problems in Philippines

03 June, 2017, 02:10 | Author: Essie Rivera
  • Government troops drive past a marker of Marawi city southern Philippines

Duterte is now focused on soliciting assistance from other major rebel groups, including the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, the Moro National Liberation Front, and communist insurgent groups, to fight against IS-affiliates like Maute Group and the Abu Sayaff Group, both involved in the Marawi city siege. Government officials cited the troubling presence of foreign fighters among Maute elements as an evidence of "invasion", a term that usually applies to full-scale military assault by an invading foreign army.

On Saturday, Abella said in a statement that Duterte is open for dialogue with the terrorists, in time for the first day of the Muslims' holy month of Ramadan. "If you want to help them, go ahead", he said, but he added, "I am warning the leaders whom I have released and who are now talking with my representatives of the government do not attempt to come home, I will arrest all of you throw you to the Islamic (ISIS)".

He said Iligan City is just 35 kilometers away from Marawi and their effort to tightly guard Iligan is a move to ensure that no spillover of attacks would occur. Given his already apparent disdain for the rule of law and earlier mentions of martial law, it seems most likely Duterte will opt for the multi-year version of martial law, one heavy on order and light on law.

Moody's said martial law is limited for 60 days under the present Constitution and since authorities have said that they have taken control of majority of Marawi City any extension of the martial law is not needed.

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday said the Islamic State (IS) worldwide terrorist group was behind a "rebellion" in Mindanao, amid ongoing clashes between security forces and the IS-linked Maute group in Marawi City. "We have to show that Martial Law is different right now especially here in Davao", she said.

The declaration of martial law and human rights abuse threaten to plunge the country further into the depths of despair.

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Ice cream vendor Rowell Lamparas, 30, said that his income was meager because only few people are roaming around the city. Led by members of the city's Maute clan, the group has become increasingly active across Lanao del Sur province, where Marawi is located, and has been instrumental in the fighting this past week.

Duterte shortened his visit to Russian Federation last week as clashes occurred between Philippine Government forces and the Maute insurgent group in Mindanao.

"The declaration of martial law does not suspend the functioning of the civil courts and the legislative assemblies", the CHR said.

The NPA leadership cited Lorenzana's statement as proof that martial law is also meant to suppress the communist forces in Mindanao, and possibly in other areas of the country. Would it be that the USA prodded the AFP to conduct an operation allegedly against Isnilon Hapilon in Marawi City while the president and all military officials are in Russian Federation?

This is the fourth time in Philippine history that an elected president has resorted to martial law to address a security crisis.

He blamed National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon and Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana for the martial law in Mindanao, as the two have been itching to suppress the Lumad who continue to resist the entry of mining corporations and plantations in Mindanao.

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