Duterte declares martial law in southern Philippines

AFP | President Donald Trump called North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un a "madman with nuclear weapons" during a telephone call with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, according to a transcript of the conversation released by U.S. media Tuesday.

President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday, May 23, declared martial law in Mindanao following clashes between the Maute Group and the military in Marawi City.

Duterte, who is known internationally for waging a war on drugs that has claimed thousands of lives, had said on many occasions since becoming president a year ago that he was prepared to declare martial law nationally as well as in Mindanao.

Duterte made a decision to cut short his visit to Moscow, where he had been scheduled to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev.

Two soldiers and a police officer have been killed, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said.

The Philippines military has been running a two-front anti-terror campaign in Mindanao - one against the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) based in Western Mindanao in the islands of Sulu and Basilan, and another against the Maute and its Abu Sayyaf allies in the Lanao provinces in Northern Mindanao.

Officials said the gunmen occupied the city hall, a hospital and a jail and burned several houses in a daring attack. "We can't let a madman with nuclear weapons let on the loose like that". I said I'd be harsh.

Bungie Has "No Plans" For a Nintendo Switch Version of Destiny 2
So why make the exception for Destiny 2? The Destiny 2 campaign mode was shown off at the Destiny 2 Gameplay Premiere event in LA. All the Pre-Order customers for the PC version of the game will still have the access to game's Beta as planned.

Heading to OPEC, UAE says backs output cut extension
Iraq and Iran posed the main obstacles to OPEC in reaching a deal for its last output cutting decision in December. Saudi Arabia and non-OPEC Russia have been pushing to extend the cuts by nine months until March 2018.

Rain washes out NCAA women's golf play
Wallace fell out of contention for the overall tournament with a 42 on his first nine holes, but Sagoo backed up as well. Penn State and Golfstat number one ranked USC were the only teams with two or more golfers in the top-10.

Duterte, a native of Mindanao, cancelled a meeting set for Wednesday with Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev.

Duterte arrived in Moscow on Tuesday for a four-day official visit, but was forced to cut short his trip as fighting broke out in the southern Philippine region of Mindanao. But as the Washington Post points out, people in the Philippines still remember the last time a President declared martial law: "In 1972, then-President Ferdinand Marcos declared martial law to ensure that he would remain in power beyond the end of his second term the following year". "When it comes to the military sphere, the current situation in the world is reaching a critical state, and I can't rule out military alliances", Duterte told Russian news agencies before his visit.

Security forces in the mostly Christian Philippines have battled Muslim separatists for decades and peace efforts have led to a reduction in clashes with main groups.

The fighting erupted on Tuesday afternoon when the Maute group opened fire on personnel from the military's 103rd Brigade, a police director said.

The post-Marcos constitution imposed safeguards on martial law, including the requirement for congress to approve its imposition and extension.

"I have to express our condolences (for the) loss of lives of your people (that) happened because of a terrible terrorist attack".

Human rights groups have expressed fears martial law powers could further embolden Mr Duterte, whom they have accused of allowing extrajudicial killings of thousands of drug suspects in a crackdown on illegal drugs.


Popular
  • Fighter's uncle punches opponent at the end of a title fight

    Dirrell's uncle, Leon Lawson, who punched Uzcategui after the fight was over, is wanted by cops and they dont know where he is. According to USA Today , Dirrell issued a statement soon after in which he said he was "sorry for what my coach has done".

    Djokovic back in Rome final, facing Zverev

    So the unseeded player will ooze confidence, but also understand the tough road ahead when he clashes with Djokovic. Sixth-seeded Halep beat Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 6-1, 4-6, 6-0.
    Tunnel with nuclear waste collapses in Washington state

    Tunnel with nuclear waste collapses in Washington state

    That mostly worked until Tuesday, when a hole roughly six metres in diameter opened up above a joint between the two tunnels. According to CBS News , the Hanford Nuclear Reservation was created during World War II to secretly build the atomic bomb.
  • WWE RAW from Grand Rapids, May 22

    WWE RAW from Grand Rapids, May 22

    More importantly, how will R-Truth respond? Extreme Rules , a WWE Raw branded pay-per-view, will take place on June 4th. WWE has announced that Neville will defend the title against Aries in a submission match at " Extreme Rules 2017".

    Wenger 'sad' for Adams 'paper bag' jibe

    Pressed on whether it would be his last game ever in north London he replied: "I can not tell you that". "We have to do our job, we are professionals".
    Goods and Services Tax Bill

    Goods and Services Tax Bill

    Most raw food items including milk will be exempted from tax while the panel still has to finalize rates for processed food items. The complete details will be available in the public domain after the said meeting concludes on Friday.
  • North Korea link to NHS hacking attack

    North Korea link to NHS hacking attack

    The malware included Trojan Volgmer and two variants of Backdoor.Destover, the disk wiping tool used in Sony Pictures attacks. This is the second time in a matter of days that a security company links the infamous Lazarus Group to the cyber attack.

    Loosen up: NFL to allow some flair in celebrations

    Last season the league adjusted the rule as well, not requiring the teams to identify the player designated to return in advance. The NFL owners are meeting in Chicago this week and one of the things they'll be discussing is touchdown celebrations.
    Watch a teenage Mark Zuckerberg find out he got accepted into Harvard

    Watch a teenage Mark Zuckerberg find out he got accepted into Harvard

    Even though Mark went on to drop out of Harvard during his sophomore year, the initial development of Facebook was started there. Mark Zuckerberg has revealed the moment he found out he was accepted to Harvard and shared it on - where else, Facebook .
  • Trump taking unique Saudi-to-Israel flight

    He could be seen entering the holy site along with First Lady Melania Trump under heavy security. We can not stand a moment longer for the slaughter of innocent people", Trump said .
    Liverpool leave for Australia on Champions League high

    Liverpool leave for Australia on Champions League high

    This second goal was scored by Philippe Coutinho from a direct free-kick, his third goal of this type this season. He has, however, indicated that his future will be discussed at a club board meeting after the FA Cup Final.
    LeEco's Jia Yueting steps down as CEO of main listed unit

    LeEco's Jia Yueting steps down as CEO of main listed unit

    Sunac also holds a 15% stake in film production company Leshi Pictures, and 33.5% of Leshi Zhixin, LeEco's smart Internet TV unit. The activist fund was more concerned with Jia's expansion into electric cars than his handling of the LeShi streaming service.

CONNECT