- Title: Security tightened in Duterte's hometown Davao
- Date: 25th May 2017
- Summary: DAVAO CITY, PHILIPPINES (MAY 25, 2017) (REUTERS) RESIDENTS WALKING AROUND DAVAO CITY PARK, SOLDIERS IN BACKGROUND VARIOUS OF ARMOURED PERSONNEL CARRIER ON ROADSIDE NEXT TO PARK ARMED SOLDIERS STANDING GUARD NEAR CITY HALL POLICE OFFICER STANDING NEAR STALLS POLICE OFFICER ON PATROL, WALKING PAST CHURCH (SOUNDBITE) (Filipino) DAVAO RESIDENT AND MANICURIST, ZORAIDA JAKOSALEM HIMAYA, SAYING: "We feel safe here. We're safe because there are a lot of soldiers, police and auxiliary forces, so I hope they will continue working." SOLDIERS ON ROADSIDE EXTERIOR OF GOVERNMENT COMPOUND WHERE PHILIPPINE PRESIDENT RODRIGO DUTERTE IS HOLDING MEETING
- Embargoed: 8th June 2017 11:16
- Keywords: martial law Davao City Islamic militants Rodrigo Duterte
- Location: DAVAO CITY, PHILIPPINES
- City: DAVAO CITY, PHILIPPINES
- Country: Philippines
- Topics: Defence,Government/Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA0016IC6YIT
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: EDITORS PLEASE NOTE: VIDEO QUALITY AS INCOMING
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's hometown Davao was under heightened security on Thursday (May 25) following a declaration of martial law in the southern Philippines.
Rebels from the Islamist State-linked Maute group seized large parts of the southern city of Marawi in running battles with government forces that erupted on Tuesday (May 23), prompting Duterte to declare martial law in the whole of Mindanao island.
Duterte flew to Davao on Thursday to meet his cabinet officials and assess the situation. Soldiers can be seen patrolling in public areas, and various checkpoints have been set up to increase security.
In 2016, 14 people were killed and 70 injured in a night market explosion caused by the same group.
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