May 24, 2017 / 9:36 AM / 3 months ago

Philippines' Duterte may place entire country under martial law

MANILA (Reuters) - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said on Wednesday he wouldn't rule out placing the entire country under martial law if the threat of Islamic State spreads.

Duterte cut short a visit to Russia and placed the southern island of Mindanao under military rule on Tuesday, and said he would keep it that way for a year if necessary.

Duterte assured the public he will not allow abuses under martial rule, even as he repeatedly said he will deal with terrorism harshly.

Reporting by Martin Petty; Editing by Nick Macfie

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