Catholic bishops in Mindanao said they “do not have solid and sufficient facts to absolutely reject the declaration of martial law as morally reprehensible” but stressed that the measure “must be temporary” and vowed to “condemn any abuse.”
It is “constitutionally mandatory” for the Senate and the House of Representatives to convene in joint session to revoke or not President Rodrigo Duterte’s martial law declaration, a senior lawmaker said.
Former Abu Sayyaf senior leader Isnilon Hapilon, who is reportedly now the emir of the Islamic State forces in the Philippines and was seen with members of the Maute Group when it attacked Marawi, is still in the city and "is not in good condition."
No casualties were reported, but engineering and safety teams from the Manila city government are checking on structures that may have sustained damage following a magnitude 5.4 earthquake Thursday night that originated west of San Marcelino, Zambales.
The little-known group has raised its profile since President Duterte took office 11 months ago, most notably with a September 2016 bombing of a street market in the chief executive's hometown of Davao City.