So, we’ve all heard by now that ISIS was largely funded, armed and trained by the US, NATO and their Middle Eastern allies. Now, ISIS has attacked Marawi, a city of 200,000 people in the Philippines Island of Mindanao, where they beheaded the police chief, burned down a cathedral and kidnapped a local priest, a professor and at least three others.
In contrast to the rest of the Philippines, which is predominantly Catholic, Mindanao has a population that is roughly 30% Muslim.
President Rodrigo Duterte has declared martial law in Mindanao for 60 days and has reserved the right to extend it throughout the country, claiming that, “I hate to do this. I don’t want to do this.”
His detractors, however are calling him “trigger happy”. His daughter, Sara Duterte-Carpio, who is Mayor of Davao City, also in the Mindanao region and also experiencing unrest has declared martial law in that city, as well.