Will Duterte derail the Philippines?

An  battle between Islamic militants aligned to Islamic State and the Philippines army poses a threat to President Rodrigo Duterte’s “self-styled image as both hard man and peacemaker”, say Michael Peel and Grace Ramos in the Financial Times. Troops have been fighting to regain control of Marawi, a city on the island of Mindanao, for over a week, after two militant groups joined forces in response to efforts to recapture one of their leaders.

The incident has underscored “how the southern islands of the Philippine archipelago have become a magnet and launching pad for violent [...]


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