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Martial Law Set to End in Restive Philippine South as Violence Ebbs

A policeman takes a picture of activists as they march to mark the second year of martial law in Mindanao, during a rally near…

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s recent announcement that he would, by the end of the year, lift martial law over the country’s vast, often violent southern island of Mindanao after 31 months is seen as a sign authorities have an upper hand over armed rebel groups and want business to prosper in the impoverished region.

Martial law has been in place over Mindanao and surrounding seas since 2017. Foreign embassies still advise against travel on Mindanao, where foreign tourists are occasionally kidnapped and beheaded, but lifting martial law would follow a period of relative calm over the island and respond to calls read more >>>

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