Philippines Needs Modern Arms To Fight ISIS, Duterte Tells Putin

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Many showed the Philippine military installing checkpoints; army tanks rolling through city streets; and massive fires raging at three local institutions, including the city jail.

Among the terrorist groups that are active on the island of Mindanao are Maute, Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) and Abu Sayyaf militant groups, linked with the Islamic State terrorist group, outlawed in Russian Federation and other countries.

Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano also announced in Moscow that Duterte, who is on an official visit to Russia, has made a decision to cut short his visit, adding that Duterte's face-to-face meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin may not happen.

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has declared Martial Law in all parts of Mindanao late Tuesday night. "This is possible on the grounds of existence of rebellion because of what is happening in Mindanao".

However, a meeting with Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev was cancelled. "The president feels that he is needed in Manila as soon as possible".

Addressing "our fellow Filipinos", Duterte told them they had experienced martial law during the two-decade Marcos presidency, which ended with a "People Power" revolution in 1986.

"If it would take a year to do it, if it's over within a month, then I'd be happy", Duterte said in a video posted online.

Two soldiers and one policeman were reported killed, while 12 others were injured during the fight, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said.

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Troops and special police forces attacked an apartment after the military obtained intelligence that Maute gunmen were hiding there with a top terror suspect, Herrera and another military official said.

For now, "the whole of Marawi City is blacked out", Lorenzana said.

The Maute and Abu Sayyaf militant groups have pledged allegiance to Islamic State, also known as ISIS, and have proved fierce opponents for the military as Duterte seeks to crush extremists and prevent radical Islamist ideology from spreading in the Philippines.

The goal of Tuesday's raid was to capture Isnilon Hapilon, a leader of the Abu Sayyaf group which is notorious for piracy and for kidnapping and beheading Westerners.

"Please pray for us here", said Mohammad Abedin, president of the Lanao Del Sur Medical Society in Marawi.

Cristina Palabay, secretary general of Karapatan Alliance for the Advancement of People's Rights, said the declaration will not alleviate the current situation in Marawi, but will "aggravate the insecurity in the area". He also said there were the prospects for economic and military cooperation between Moscow and Manila.

Authorities have accused the Maute of involvement in a bombing in Duterte's hometown of Davao in September that left 14 people dead.

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