Philippines' Duterte leaves for 4-day visit to Russian Federation

  • Philippines' Duterte leaves for 4-day visit to Russian Federation

Philippines' Duterte leaves for 4-day visit to Russian Federation

The Maute and Abu Sayyaf have an alliance and are both linked with Islamic State, a source of growing concern for President Rodrigo Duterte, who has warned of the expanding influence of the militants in the Philippines. "I have to do it to preserve the republic".

As details of the attack in Marawi city emerged, fears mounted that the largest Roman Catholic nation in Asia could be falling into a growing list of countries grappling with the spread of influence from the Islamic State group in Syria and Iraq. He has repeatedly threatened to place the south, the scene of decades-long Muslim separatist uprisings, under martial law.

Duterte said in a speech late Friday at a coast guard event in southern Davao city that he raised the Philippines' arbitral victory against Chinese territorial claims in the South China Sea and told Xi Manila intends to drill for oil there. But human rights groups have expressed fears that martial law powers could further embolden Duterte, whom they have accused of allowing extrajudicial killings of thousands of people in his crackdown on illegal drugs. Duterte cut the trip short and headed back to the Philippines.

Two soldiers and a policeman were killed, and 12 other wounded in the predominantly Muslim city of approximately 200,000 residents as members of the Maute militant group took control of buildings and set fire to a school, church and a detention facility, according to GMA News. He is a commander of the Abu Sayyaf militant group and was wounded by a military airstrike in January.

"It was more the threat of conflict will always be there if we don't have dialogue".

Hapilon, an Arabic-speaking Islamic preacher known for his expertise on commando assaults, pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group in 2014.

Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonio Carpio said failure to do that would mean Duterte would be "selling us out" and forfeiting sovereignty to secure Chinese loans and investments needed for his ambitious $180 billion infrastructure programme.

Defence Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said and some 1,000 soldiers would be in Marawi by morning, but warned civilians to stay in their homes."There are Maute snipers all around, so the troops are still holding and elements have already joined", he said.The goal of Tuesday's raid was to capture Isnilon Hapilon, a leader of the Abu Sayyaf group which is notorious for piracy and for kidnapping and beheading Westerners.

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has left for a four-day official visit to Russia, where he will meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin and witness the signing of several agreements, including on defense cooperation and trade.

Putin acknowledged during the talks with Duterte that the level of trade turnover between Russian Federation and the Philippines was not very large.

Last month, troops backed by airstrikes killed dozens of Maute militants and captured their jungle camp near Lanao del Sur's Piagapo town.