President of the Philippines Rodrigo Duterte has declared martial law on Mindanao island after recent attacks by the ISIS affiliated ‘Maute Group’.
‘I have always said do not force my hand into it because if I start to declare martial law, I will solve all the problems of Mindanao connected with law and order’.
‘I was asked what would be my response to terrorism, and I said I would be harsh in enforcing the law’.
Mr. Duterte was forced to cut short his visit to Russia, where he had asked Vladimir Putin for ‘modern weapons’ to help in the fight against terrorism.
President Duterte has been heavily criticised for his tough approach to crime, especially the ongoing war on drugs, which has seen over 7000 people killed by vigilante death squads since he was elected last year.
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