Philippine President Duterte: 'Martial law will be harsh'

  • Jonathan Lowe
    By Jonathan Lowe

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte promised army rule would be "harsh" after imposing martial law on 23 May in the southern island of Mindano, following clashes between Islamic militants and the security forces in Marawi City. Duterte imposed martial law after announcing his official visit to Russia would be cut short and he would return to the Philippines. 

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