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Philippine police have arrested a suspected Islamist militant who allegedly helped guard a group of tourists kidnapped in 2001 including an American missionary who was later killed, the justice department said Monday.
President Rodrigo Duterte said he had to declare martial law in Mindanao because it was the "fastest way" to solve the rebellion there.
President Rodrigo Duterte has denied a Reuters report claiming he reached out to a Muslim leader to broker backchannel talks with the Maute family after terrorists attacked Marawi City last May.
Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II believes the military should be allowed to do its job of protecting the people instead of guarding the arrested members of the Maute terrorist group.
The Armed Forces of the Philippines sought to allay fears Friday (June 9) about the possible transfer of terrorists to Metro Manila following the transfer of the father of the Maute group's founders to Camp Bagong Diwa.
President Rodrigo Duterte has offered a reward totaling P20 million for any information that will lead to the capture of Abu Sayyaf leader Isnilon Hapilon and brothers Abdullah and Omar Maute.