22 July 2017

News Story: Duterte cites largely intact Maute leadership to justify martial law extension

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte
MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte said the leadership of the Islamic State-linked Maute militants who laid siege in Marawi City remains largely intact despite nearly two months of military offensive and has funded diversionary bombing plots targeting key cities in the region.

Duterte said in a letter to Congress that despite troops regaining control of much of Marawi and the killings of hundreds of militants "the rebellion persists and a lot more remains to be done to completely quell the same."

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