Martial Law Declared In Mindanao Island As Ordered By President Duterte!
Yesterday, the city of Marawi was attacked by the Maute terrorist group who pledged allegiance to the ISIS militant group. As a response to the terrorist aggression, President Rodrigo Duterte declared Martial Law last night at around 11 pm in Mindanao.
Presidential spokesman Ernesto Abella said in a briefing that the President ordered him to make the announcement as he is still currently in Russia.
Abella added that martial law in the area will be in effect for 60 days, as stated by the law. Extensions will be made if the majority of the members of Congress agrees to do so.
“This is on the grounds of resistance and rebellion based on what is happening,” he said.
“What the President has done is only for Mindanao including Basilan, Sulu, and Tawi-tawi,” added Abella.
Reports said that the President is cutting his trip short in order to take care of the situation in the Mindanao province. His meeting with Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev will allegedly be canceled as he will leave Russia at 10 pm Moscow time, to return to Manila, according to Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano.
“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.
Meanwhile, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana admitted that two soldiers and one police captain died during the clash while 12 others were wounded.
He added that the Maute group formed has blocked off a street and two bridges using trucks in Marawi city to prevent any armed forces from entering or leaving the area. Due to this, at least 500 soldiers are unable to gain access to the province.
“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.
“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 added.
Watch the announcement here:
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