The Marawi conflict looks to be drawing to a close. The cost of rebuilding the area is enormous and will leave the Philippines vulnerable.
Marawi has exposed glaring chinks in Duterte’s armour. His first year has failed to bring change to the country. How much longer can his support continue?
The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria’s (ISIS) insurgency in Marawi city of Philippines has sent non-Muslims, especially Christians, fleeing for their lives. Southeast Asia must act decisively to curb growing radicalism in the region.
Gunfights continue on the streets of Marawi as Philippine forces struggle to contain a terrorist insurgency led by IS-loyalists. Duterte has proclaimed martial law but his opponents fear a return to the dark days of the Marcos administration.
As the situation in Marawi begins to wind down, the Philippines and Southeast Asian region must brace themselves for newer problems. President Duterte must look beyond the military formula to bring lasting peace to Mindanao.