Duterte uses Lewinsky affair to hit back at critical Clinton

Mr. Duterte recently placed the whole island of Mindanao under martial law following attacks in Marawi City, the capital city of Lanao del Sur, by members of the Maute Group, which claims affiliation with the Islamic State.

The president had to cut short his trip to Russian Federation last week because of the Marawi crisis, which has seen the whole of Mindanao placed under martial law. "You can not run anymore ... so, stop fucking the government".

Among those being held captive is a Catholic priest, who was shown in footage being assessed by experts, which Padilla says appears to be authentic.

Japan has told the Philippine government that it understands Duterte's move, saying that the Philippine leader can simply reschedule the trip to another date.

As of Wednesday, government troops had cleared nearly 90 percent of Marawi, according to Padilla.

National Democratic Front (NDF) senior adviser Luis Jalandoni said, "the CPP-NPA would be together with the Duterte government in opposing the Maute Group and the Abu Sayyaf". 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.

Karapatan strongly urges Duterte to immediately lift martial law in Mindanao, and to stop loaded caveats regarding putting the entire country under martial law.

Gatchalian and Sen. Manny Pacquiao said there is basis to place the whole Mindanao under martial law because of the terrain and locals are nearly inter-related. It should be reiterated that martial law is not the solution, along with other militarist approaches.

The mayor said he sees no cause for worry as to the basis for the declaration because under the Constitution, the President is mandated to "report and explain to Congress within a prescribed period the reasons why he had declared Martial Law".

This was the President's reaction following the pronouncement of the CPP to intensify their offensive operations in Mindanao to show their opposition to Martial Law.

The military has yet to release details and guidelines regarding the censorship.

Throughout his first year in office, the Filipino leader obsessively pursued a brutal campaign against illegal drugs, which has come under heavy criticism by Western countries and human rights groups.

Days of back-channel talks also failed to produce positive results after repeated government demands that the CPP retract its order to the NPA and adopt a joint bilateral cease-fire in the absence of socio-economic reforms - demands considered "unnecessary, last-minute and unacceptable" by the Philippine communists.

Arrangements were also forthcoming to have a bilateral meeting between Duterte and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, as well as a courtesy call to the Japanese Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko.

All of a sudden, the Philippines is grappling with the spectre of ISIL and, for some, Marcosian authoritarianism.

  • Leroy Wright