21 June 2017

News Story: Besieged city in southern Philippines "unlikely" to become IS hub - presidential spokesman

MANILA, June 20 (Xinhua) -- The spokesman of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said Tuesday it is "unlikely" that the southern Philippine city Marawi would become a hub of Islamist militants in the region.

He also rejected some American senators' proposal that the U.S. should send more troops to the Philippines.

"It's unlikely for Marawi to become a new hub for IS fighters. The Philippine military has already pre-empted the Maute group from establishing a wilayah or province in Marawi," presidential spokesman Ernesto Abella told a news conference.

U.S. lawmakers have reportedly expressed concern about the growing threats from the IS militants, particularly the possibility of making Marawi a center of their terrorist operations in the region. They also called for a bigger role for the U.S. forces in the campaign.

Read the full story at Xinhua