Philippine president Refuses to Stop State of Emergency

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Philippine president Refuses to Stop State of Emergency

On Sunday, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte refused to stop the state of emergency in the country, saying it’s not negotiable.

“We can talk about something else and go to concessions, but not when my country’s interest is at stake,” the Philippine president said.

Duterte declared a state of emergency in the country after about 500 ISIS fighters took control of Marawi City on May 23.

The Philippine Government said it has so far evacuated 400,000 civilians from Marawi City. According to officials, the evacuations included nearby residents of Marawi and the nearby area.

400 people have been killed in the Marawi battle, including 300 ISIS fighters, 82 Philippine soldiers and 44 civilians. It is believed that about 100 ISIS fighters are still inside the city, a part of whom are teenagers.

ISIS claimed on Sunday that 8 Philippine soldiers were killed in the Moncadou district of Marawi. Although nearly 40 days have passed since the occupation of the city and the Philippine government has received a direct assistance from several countries including the United States and Australia, it is still unable to secure the entire city.

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