BALITA NGAYON| President Rodrigo Duterte has declared martial law in Mindanao for 60 days. The announcement came on May 23 as Philippines troops in Marawi City battled Maute militants protecting Abu Sayyaf leader Isnilon Hapilon. Philippine troops had raided a house where Hapilon was believed to be hiding. Fighting ensued between Philippine forces and around 50 Maute militants, eventually spreading across the city.
Secretary of National Defense Delfin Lorenzana addressed reporters in Moscow shortly after martial law was declared. Lorenzana said Maute militants had occupied Amai Pakpak Medical Center and city hall, city jail, a church and two schools were set on fire. Three Philippine security forces have been killed and 12 have been injured so far. Lorenzana said Duterte is cutting his current trip to Russia short and is returning immediately to Manila.