"Until the armed forces and the police say that the Philippines is safe, this martial law
will continue," Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said during a crisis management
visit to Mindanao, suddenly the epicenter of terror group Islamic State"s thrust into
. . . Duterte has repeatedly warned he may extend
martial law beyond his home island of Mindanao across the entire country if Islamic
militants strike other areas.
. . . The comments also likely aimed to strike fear into the hearts of his opponents,
namely the Islamic State affiliated groups which have laid a bloody siege to the city of
Marawi. . . .
The government is perturbed by reports that foreign fighters, possibly even from the
Middle East but definitely from neighboring Indonesia, Malaysia and even Singapore, have
been involved in the Marawi clashes. . . .
As the first Filipino president from Mindanao, Duterte is under extraordinary pressure
to not only eliminate the threat of IS infiltration into the Philippines, but also to
end the conflict in his home island, . . .
Duterte is now focused on soliciting assistance from other major rebel groups, including
the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, the Moro National Liberation Front, and communist
insurgent groups, to fight against IS-affiliates like Maute Group and the Abu Sayaff
Group, both involved in the Marawi city siege.
The government has peace deals in place with MNLF and MILF, Islamic groups that would on
the surface appear to be natural allies with IS-affiliated militant groups. . . .
[the future in the Visayas of the Philippines looks difficult. Of all people, Rodrigo Duterte is uniquely qualified to deal with it. He is part Moro himself and successfully kept the fighting outside of Davao City for over 20 years while Mayor.--Robert Logan, "Understanding ISIS in the Philippines," antiwar.com, June 27, 2017 -- Re author's
statements on 9/11, see American Patriots Question 9/11]
[Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday approved a long-awaited law to allow
minority Muslims in the south to start moving towards self-rule by 2022, a bid to tackle
extremism and defuse a half-century of separatist conflict.--"Philippine leader approves autonomy law for
troubled Muslim region," channelnewsasia.com, July 26, 2018]
"Moro conflict explained," TRT World, August 18, 2018