- Title: Philippine Supreme Court upholds martial law in Mindanao
- Date: 4th July 2017
- Summary: LANAO DEL SUR PROVINCE, PHILIPPINES (FILE - MAY, 2017) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF POLICEMEN WITH ASSAULT RIFLES INSPECTING VEHICLES AT CHECKPOINT
- Embargoed: 18th July 2017 08:16
- Keywords: martial law Philippines Rodrigo Duterte militans Mindanao Marawi Philippine Supreme Court Islamic State Islamist
- Location: MANILA, PHILIPPINES
- City: MANILA, PHILIPPINES
- Country: Philippines
- Topics: Conflicts/War/Peace
- Reuters ID: LVA0026OAV03P
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: The Philippine Supreme Court junked petitions challenging President Rodrigo Duterte's declaration of martial law in the southern Philippines on Tuesday (July 4).
Duterte placed the entire island of Mindanao under martial law for 60 days after militants pledging allegiance to Islamic State occupied parts of the southern city of Marawi on May 22.
Eleven out of the Court's fifteen justices affirmed the president's declaration while three voted to limit martial law to certain provinces only.
At least 336 militants, 82 security forces and 44 civilians have died in the ongoing battle between government troops and Islamist militants in Marawi. Martial law in the region will lapse on July 23, but Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said the two-month long conflict may end next week.
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