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May 24, 2017

Martial Law Declaration Raises Questions

On Tuesday, President Rodrigo Duterte declared Martial Law in Mindanao after government armed forces clashed with the rebel group Maute in Marawi City.

According to a statement released by the DFA to the international community, “In order to suppress lawless violence and rebellion and for public safety, it is necessary to declare Martial Law in the entire island of Mindanao including Sulu, Jolo and Tawi-Tawi for a maximum of 60 days.

“The Philippine government is in full control, and fully aware that the Maute Group / ISIS groups have the capability (although limited) to disturb the peace; they have shown no hesitation in causing havoc, taking innocent lives and destroying property.”

As of yesterday, May 23, photos of ISIS flags spotted in the city and blocked checkpoints, has been circulating around social media channels.

“President Duterte on Terrorism: “I was asked about how I would deal with terrorism and I said I would be harsh.”
On Martial Law: “Sinabi ko nga sa lahat eh, do not force my hand into it. I have to do it to preserve the Republic of the Philippines and the Filipino people.”

All this happened while President Duterte was on an official visit to Moscow.

Some also feared the Marawi incident might not be an Isis incident but planted by the Administration to declare Martial Law.

On the part of the Admin:

But they have ordered a news black out.

People fear the Isis entry into the Philippines

At the end of the day, all we can do is pray, stay calm and refrain from spreading speculations.

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