Duterte seeks to ex­tend mar­tial law

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - WORLD -

Pres­i­dent Ro­drigo Duterte plans to ex­tend mar­tial law in the south­ern Philip­pines to de­feat ex­trem­ist mil­i­tants who have seized a ma­jor city, his spokesman said on Tues­day. Duterte had im­posed mil­i­tary rule for 60 days in the Min­danao re­gion, home to about 20 mil­lion peo­ple, af­ter gun­men wav­ing black Is­lamic State flags oc­cu­pied Marawi city on May 23, trig­ger­ing clashes that have killed more than 500 peo­ple.

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