Duterte asks parliament to extend martial law till year’s end

President Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines has asked lawmakers to prolong martial law in Mindanao until the end of 2017 to allow his armed forces to contain an Islamist insurgency on the island province, his spokesman said Tuesday. Martial law was imposed in May in response to attacks by Islamic State affiliated militant groups. The battle for the provincial capital Marawi is estimated to have claimed over 500 lives so far.

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