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Duterte moots nationwide martial law amid violence in Philippines' south

Blunt rhetoric, praise for Marcos raises concerns over president's intentions

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Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte raises the possibility of nationwide martial law at a May 24 news conference.   © Reuters

MANILA President Rodrigo Duterte has warned that he may declare martial law throughout the Philippines if terrorism spills beyond Mindanao, in the country's conflict-torn south.

The Philippines' firebrand leader also signaled he will defy Congress and the Supreme Court if they invoke constitutional safeguards designed to thwart the rise of another dictatorship.

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