A rescuer (L) helps a child and others evacuate from their homes in a village on the outskirts of Marawi on the southern island of Mindanao on May 31, 2017, as fighting between government forces and Islamist militants continues. Philippine troops have killed 89 Islamist militants during more than a week of urban battles but a final showdown is expected to be fierce as the gunmen protect their leaders and hold hostages, authorities said on May 31. Photo: AFP

Martial law alone cannot solve problems in southern Philippines

President Rodrigo Duterte must tackle the decades-old neglect of Muslim-majority areas and bring all sides to the negotiating table

Topic |   Islamic militancy

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A rescuer (L) helps a child and others evacuate from their homes in a village on the outskirts of Marawi on the southern island of Mindanao on May 31, 2017, as fighting between government forces and Islamist militants continues. Philippine troops have killed 89 Islamist militants during more than a week of urban battles but a final showdown is expected to be fierce as the gunmen protect their leaders and hold hostages, authorities said on May 31. Photo: AFP
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