Duterte seeks martial law extension in southern Philippines

Democracy advocates in the Philippines fear Duterte’s extension of martial law could worsen human rights conditions in the country. (File/AFP)
Updated 07 December 2018
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Duterte seeks martial law extension in southern Philippines

  • Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea told reporters without elaborating that Duterte has asked Congress to allow the extension of martial law
  • Duterte placed the entire southern Mindanao region under martial law after hundreds of Daesh group-linked militants besieged the Islamic city of Marawi on May 23, 2017

MANILA, Philippines: Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has asked Congress to extend martial law in the country’s south by another year amid concerns over possible militant attacks, although democracy advocates fear it could worsen human rights conditions.
Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea told reporters without elaborating Friday that Duterte has asked Congress to allow the extension of martial law, which expires at year’s end.
Duterte placed the entire southern Mindanao region under martial law after hundreds of Daesh group-linked militants besieged the Islamic city of Marawi on May 23, 2017. After five months, Philippine troops quelled the siege, which left more than 1,100 combatants and civilians dead and displaced hundreds of thousands of people. Military officials say extremists continue to seek recruits and plot new attacks.


Indian forces kill 3 rebels, 2 civilians in Kashmir fighting

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Indian forces kill 3 rebels, 2 civilians in Kashmir fighting

  • Government forces fired bullets, shotgun pellets and tear gas at the stone-throwing protesters, killing two and injuring about 26 others
  • India and Pakistan each claim the divided territory of Kashmir in its entirety

SRINAGAR, India: Police say two men have been killed and nearly two dozens injured when government forces fired at anti-India protesters in Kashmir following a gunbattle that left three rebels dead.
Police say Indian troops laid a siege around a village in southern Pulwama area early Saturday on a tip that militants were hiding there. Three rebels were killed and two soldiers wounded in the clash.
Hundreds of people marched near the site in in solidarity with the rebels. Government forces fired bullets, shotgun pellets and tear gas at the stone-throwing protesters, killing two and injuring about 26 others.
India and Pakistan each claim the divided territory of Kashmir in its entirety.