Philippine lawmakers have voted to extend martial law on the southern island of Mindanao until the end of the year, giving President Rodrigo Duterte extra time to quell a rebellion by militants allied with the ISIS group.
Manila: President Rodrigo Duterte offered self-rule to the Philippines’ Muslim minority on Monday in an attempt to defeat IS militants who seized a southern city in the gravest challenge to his year-old rule.
Duterte hopes the promise of autonomy will persuade Filipino Muslims to reject the ISIS group, whose followers still control parts of Marawi after nearly two months of fighting that had left more than 500 people dead.
Manila: The Republic of India is sending $500,000 (P25 million) to the Philippines for the rehabilitation and relief efforts in war-torn Marawi City.
The Indian Embassy in Manila said the donation has been coordinated by Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj to Foreign Affairs Chief Alan Peter Cayetano last July 6.
#Manila #Kuwait’s embassy in the #Philippines on Monday called on Kuwaiti nationals or potential travelers to be vigilant due to violence southern the country. The embassy said that ongoing violence in the South might spread to other areas nearby. It also called on nationals to contact the hotline 639998877897 and the embassy’s phone on 6325563868 in case of emergency.
#Manila: Terrified Christians are escaping ISIS militants in the Filipino town of Marawi by wearing hijabs borrowed from Muslims. There are around 1,500 people trapped in the besieged Filipino city, which is about 60 miles south of Cagayan de Oro, Almost 100 people have escaped on foot, while others have swum across the river. Medics tending those who have made their way out alive recounted the resourcefulness of those who fled.
#Manila: 13 Philippine marines were killed in fierce fighting with militants linked to the ISIS who have laid siege to a southern city for nearly three weeks in the biggest single-day loss for government forces, the military said Saturday.
United States special forces have joined the battle to crush the militants holed up in Marawi City, the Philippines military said the US was providing technical assistance to end the siege but it had no boots on the ground.