Davao on lockdown, Sara Duterte tells public to stay at home

Meanwhile, majority of the governors and mayors in Mindanao have expressed support for President Duterte's declaration of Martial Law in Mindanao.

More Philippine Army special forces and combat maneuvering troops from the 1st Infantry Division based in Zamboanga Peninsula were set to be deployed to beef up government security forces in Marawi City.

Trump held talks with the Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte, who's policy on drug trafficking has caused world outrage, to discuss dealing with North Korea.

These include the Maute group, named after two brothers who lead it and which is based near Marawi.

It was not a lapse in military intelligence that caused the clashes, Lorenzana said, but rather a failure to "appreciate" the intelligence collected.

More than 100 gunmen responded to the raid by burning buildings and conducting other diversionary tactics, according to Defence Secretary Delfin Lorenzana. Meanwhile, photographs purporting to show buildings aflame and black flags raised above public buildings hit social media.

He spoke as the fighting raged in Marawi city, where militants seized a priest, 10 worshippers and three church workers from a cathedral as they rampaged through the city.

The whole of Malawi City is experiencing blackout.

"There are Maute snipers all around, so the troops are still holding and elements have already joined", he said.

A group of heavily-armed militants from a group linked to Isis have reportedly stormed a city in the Philippines and engaged in firefights with the national army. The bureau has placed him on its own list of Most Wanted Terrorists.

Or, as Philippine Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano put it Tuesday: They are groups that "have been auditioning for recognition in ISIS".

The encounter prompted President Rodrigo Duterte to declare martial law in the whole of Mindanao and cut his 5-day official visit to Russian Federation short.

"Please do not force my hand into it".

Under the 1987 constitution, the president has the ability to place the country under martial law.

The other option, Duterte said, "is a nuclear blast, which is not good for everybody". I hate to do it. "If it's over with a month, then I'd be happy", the president, known for his bloody war on drugs, said during a live interview while he was flying back to Manila.

The advisory cited government officials, saying martial law measures may include the suspension of the writ of habeas corpus, the imposition of curfew and establishment of checkpoints. He added, however, that he hopes China can solve the problem.

  • Salvatore Jensen