As Islamic State group militants find themselves on the backfoot in Syria and Iraq, could they really be trying to carve out territory in the Philippines? Militants stormed Marawa City in the south, flying the black flag of the IS group. President Duterte has imposed martial law in the region and intends to extend it to the entire country. Would such an extension be justified? Could he be following in the footsteps of the Marcos dictatorship?
Produced by Charles Wente, Van MEGUERDITCHIAN, François WIBAUX and Laure FOURQUET.
Richard J HEYDARIAN
Columnist, Analyst, Author of "Asia's New Battlefield"
Wilson LEE FLORES
Columnist for Philippine Star newspaper
Director, Centre for the Study of International Peace and Security
Southeast Asian politics and security issues professor, National War College in Washington DC