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Duterte Declares Limited Martial Law As Bloodshed Breaks Out In Marawi City
Presidential spokesperson Ernesto Abella said that as of 10 p.m. local time, Duterte had declared martial law for all of Mindanao, the southern island where both Marawi City and Davao — the president's home city — reside. The restriction is set to last about 60 days.
As the Philippine news service Rappler reports, the declaration of martial law actually fulfills a warning made by the president just days ago.
"Please do not force my hand into it. I hate to do it. I do not want to do it," Duterte said in a speech last Friday in Davao, according to Rappler. "But if there will be loss of lives needlessly, and without reason, just to kill, kill, and kill, I will declare martial law in Mindanao.
"And if I declare martial law in Mindanao, I will solve all that ails the island."