Thousands of Philippines on the flight because of fighting, Mindanao
Thousands of Philippines Wednesday fled after fighting on the southern island of Mindanao. Filipino overheidstroepen have been there since Tuesday in fighting with members of the Maute, a Islamic State (IS) related organization
The militants have buildings on fire and hostage a catholic priest, and fourteen other christians.
The Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte has a state of siege is set to be the Maute-grouping to destroy it. This followed an earlier failed attempt of the army to the militants to flee. According to Duterte try the Maute the presence of the predominantly christian Philippines to increase.
The special measures which he has, under the state of siege can do to give him more possibility to the growing popularity of IS. Duterte likened the situation Wednesday with the state of siege in the seventies by general Ferdinand Marcos was set up after the attack on the minister of defence Juan Ponse Enrile. After this happened it took the corruption and abuse of power, and the period is seen by many as a black page in the Philippine history.
Duterte was on strike Tuesday his visit to Russian president Vladimir Putin due to the situation in their own country.