Philippine President Duterte tells troops 'you can arrest any person'

Quezon City Rep. Alfred Vargas lauded the AFP's action on the matter as well as Duterte's decision to cut short his trip to Russian Federation in order to deal with the situation in Mindanao.

Singapore's Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) spokesperson said on Friday that a Singaporean man has been implicated in terrorism-related activities in the southern Philippines. Army tanks packed with soldiers rolled into t.

It was not immediately clear whether civilians were among the dead.

Tens of thousands of residents have fled the violence raging through Marawi, one of the biggest Muslim cities in the primarily Catholic Philippines.

Duterte told soldiers in Iligan, a city near Marawi, that he had long feared that "contamination by ISIS" loomed in the country's future, using the acronym for the Islamic State group.

Snipers fired on Friday afternoon at about 100 troops who were marching single-file uphill through one district of Marawi that the militants had previously controlled, according to journalists accompanying the soldiers.

The president has previously allowed extra-judicial killings of thousands of people in his crackdown on illegal drugs.

Reaffirming solidarity with the people of the Philippines, Lavrov once again expressed Russia's condolences to the families and friends of the victims of the Maute jihadists who continue to terrorize the city of Marawi. "But we are certainly agreed that Martial Law must be temporary", Cotabato Archbishop Orlando B. Cardinal Quevedo said in a statement on Friday. We're all vying and praying to end terrorism in our country, and the last thing we need is to also fear the people who swore to protect every Filipino.

After receiving intelligence reports that Hapilon was hiding in Marawi city, security forces went to arrest him on Tuesday but were taken by surprise when they met massive resistance from Maute gunmen protecting him. Gen. Restituto Padilla was also quoted as saying that the military will exercise its right to censor to ensure that no sensitive information will get into the wrong hands.

As people of faith in the USA, we can no longer watch our funds go to war or hope for an impeachment - we ourselves must participate in and bring forth just and lasting peace as we rise against the powers and principalities of this world.

Lorenzana said this means the military would have taken control of streets and buildings of Marawi City. "And that hopefully, there would be less damages to us", Mr. Duterte said. "We have to finish this".

"What's happening in Mindanao is no longer a rebellion of Filipino citizens", Solicitor General Jose Calida told reporters in explaining why martial law was imposed. They are also said to have freed more than 100 inmates from prisons in the city.

Army officials said 13 fighters were killed on Thursday by troops backed by rocket-firing helicopters in Marawi city, an important hub for the Islamic faith that now resembles a war zone.

Duterte said a local police chief was stopped at a militant checkpoint and beheaded.

Marawi Bishop Edwin de la Pena said the militants forced their way into the Marawi Cathedral and seized a Catholic priest, 10 worshippers and three church workers. At least eleven soldiers and 31 militants had been killed.

The establishment of a new caliphate and a global Islamic State has become an inspiring goal to [Maute, the alleged ISIS group] because of the government's insincerity and tokenism in resolving the core problems of the Moro people - inequity in the distribution of wealth and resources, government neglect to basic social services, lack of job opportunities, right to self-determination, among others.

The United States regards Isnilon as one of the world's most risky terrorists, offering a bounty of US$5mil (RM21.3mil) for his capture.

The admission confirms what observers see as moves by IS targeting Muslim-majority parts of the southern Philippines to establish a stronghold in South-East Asia. But recent attacks and this week's siege suggest the threat of extremist ideology may be growing.

"The arms we ordered from America [was] cancelled", Mr Duterte said. "These are the impacts of the local terrorist group's actions".

In a separate report, the United States (US) and Russian Federation have both offered assistance to the Philippines in its counter-terrorism efforts after the President declared martial law in Mindanao.

The Washington Post also ran a story debunking Duterte's explanation he gave in a press conference in Beijing, as to why he declared martial law.

  • Leroy Wright