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After Mindanao, Philippines' Duterte mulls martial law in Visayas

Visayas region are the group of island provinces in the central Philippines

IANS  |  Manila 

Rodrigo Duterte. Photo: Reuters
Rodrigo Duterte. Photo: Reuters

Philippine President Rodrigo on Wednesday said he may place the region in central under martial law — after calling for army control of the restive region.

"I may decide to expand the area to include because it is a walking distance actually," Xinhua news agency quoted as saying at the airport after cutting short his official visit to Russia.

He might also decide to suspend the writ of habeas corpus in the region, the President said, adding: "Remember this is not intended for law-abiding citizens."

region are the group of island provinces in the central

said his martial law declaration for Mindanao, in the country's restive south, was necessary to fight militants there, CNN reported.

"I had to declare martial law in the group of islands," said at a news conference Wednesday.

"It is our constitutional duty to enforce the law and provide security."

Duterte's order -- which covers Marawi city and the wider island of -- came after deadly clashes broke out between Filipino government troops and Islamist militants on Tuesday, the CNN report said.

First Published: Wed, May 24 2017. 23:20 IST