Government troops conduct check point along a highway leading to Marawi three days after Muslim militants lay siege in Marawi city, the southern Philippines, Thursday, May 25, 2017. "But if you marry four, son of a whore you will be beaten up", he said. The Philippines is Asia's largest Roman Catholic nation, but its southern region has a large Muslim minority.
Bello, however, said the CPP's reaction is misplaced, noting that the President has made it clear that he was not going after the communists and the government remains committed to pursuing peace with them.
He has always been associated with Abu Sayyaf, an Islamist-oriented kidnap-for-ransom gang that has made millions of dollars by taking hostages and sometimes killing them. Abu Sayyaf, meanwhile, has elevated its profile by taking foreigners as hostages, beheading two past year after Manila refused to pay for their release. Hapilon is on Washington's list of most-wanted terrorists and has a $5 million bounty on his head. Militants called in reinforcements and were able to overpower government forces.
OF course, President Rodrigo Duterte was exaggerating when he said he might as well declare martial law in the Visayas, because it's within "walking distance", apparently, of Mindanao. He was identified as the terror group's chief recruiter and was responsible for training and sending militants to fight in Syria and Iraq.
All these groups are inspired by the IS group, but so far there is no sign of significant, material ties.
Thirteen soldiers, two policemen and 51 militants have died in the fighting, according to authorities.
In a sign that the long-standing problem of militancy in the south could be expanding, Solicitor General Jose Calida said foreigners were fighting alongside the gunmen in Marawi, including Indonesians, Singaporeans and Malaysians. "These are the impacts of the local terrorist group's actions", military spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Jo-ar Herrera said, DW reports.
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Abella said Duterte's offer to the terrorists was to pave way for the observance of Ramadan.
In Jakarta, two suicide bombers attacked police officers Wednesday evening outside the Kampung Melayu bus terminal, a few minutes apart.
He said all of the 11 Indonesian citizens were now outside of the conflict area in Marawi and under the protection of the police.
After being exposed as an extremist militant by Bukit Aman in 2014, he fled to the Philippines.
A Muslim militant group that is tactically smart, savvy with social media and eager to align with the Islamic State has emerged from the glut of bandit and separatist groups in the southern Philippines, and so far has proved to be more than a match for the military. "I will not hesitate to do it", he said. Militants can easily travel by boat between the southern Philippines and eastern Indonesia without having to pass through immigration control. "Counterterrorism will likely dominate his agenda in the short to medium run, and this will likely nudge him to solicit assistance from tried and tested allies like America". "Martial law and the heightened vulnerability to military abuse that it brings to women and children are not a joke either." r Duterte's aides frequently explain away his most controversial comments as being "merely rhetoric" or comments which only ordinary Filipinos would appreciate.
The Philippines endured a decade of martial law under the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos from the early 1970s and memories of campaigns to restore democracy and protect human rights are fresh in the minds of many people. The period was marked by widespread abuses, extrajudicial killings, disappearances and torture.
Expanding the military's legal authority in these conflicts opens the door to increased human rights violations against civilians, including leftist activists, indigenous leaders, and environmental activists, who have always been targets of military abuses.