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Philippines: 2000 people trapped in Marawi battle

Philippines: 2000 people trapped in Marawi battle

Last week, Duterte said his visit to Japan would be his "last trip" as he implemented a 60-day martial law in Mindanao.

During a visit on Saturday to an army base on Jolo island, where Philippine forces are fighting another Islamist group, the Abu Sayyaf, Duterte said he would treat communist and separatist guerrillas the same as government troops if they join his fight.

The statement goes against provisions given by the Constitution to the two other branches of government to review, and dismiss if necessary, the declaration of martial law. "Our ground commanders have assured that the end is nearly there", Padilla said.

Most of Marawi's 200,000 people have left, many pouring into Iligan some 38 km away, where the authorities said they were stretched to the limit and anxious that Maute fighters were blending in with the displaced and could launch attacks. "We appeal to the kidnappers' conscience not to kill innocent people", he said, also asking for the help of Muslim leaders in Mindanao to try to solve the crisis of the hostages peacefully. He said they also pressured local Muslim preachers, accustomed to a less-strict form of Islam, not to speak out against them.

The strength and capability of the militants have reinforced fears of Islamic State gaining a foothold in the southern Philippines, from where it could organise attacks in other parts of south-east Asia. "We will get the details in due course", he told reporters after attending the Negeri Sembilan-level "Assimilation of Noble Values" programme for home ministry staff here today.

The government hopes to end the ongoing conflict by the end of the week.

The United States regards Hapilon as one of the world's most unsafe terrorists and has offered a bounty of $5 million for his capture.

Asked about the whereabouts of Hapilon, Padilla said the military had information that the Abu Sayyaf leader was still in Marawi.

"There is intense fighting with small arms".

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"We do have the expertise, we do have the people to man equipment, and we have the equipment to do surgical airstrikes".

Presidential Spokesman Ernesto Abella said Monday that only small areas of Marawi are under militants' control.

He said law and order must be restored in Marawi and "remnants of resistance" overcome for martial law to be lifted in Mindanao. In recent days, gunmen have managed to fend off attack helicopters, armored vehicles and scores of soldiers.

The Maute group's ability to fight off the military for so long will add to fears that Islamic State's radical ideology is spreading in the southern Philippines and it could become a haven for militants from Indonesia, Malaysia and beyond.

The group is trying to woo Islamic State in the Middle East for affiliation, according to the newswire.

Armed Forces of the Philippines spokesman Col. Edgar Arevalo said at a news conference that the fighting had also left dozens of soldiers and policemen wounded.

Residents have fled the city by the tens of thousands over the past few days.

Colonel Alex Aduca, chief of the Army " s 4th Mechanised Infantry Battalion, said in a phone interview with Radio DZMM that the evacuees would be denied entry to Iligan and instead sent to "consolidation and processing areas" in Matungao and Tagoloan towns, where they would be given basic services. "Food is running out, water is running out, they don't have electricity", Martin Thalmann, the deputy head of the ICRC's Philippine delegation who is in Marawi, told AFP.


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