Philippines says it learned of city siege plans in advance

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana on June 3 said up to 250 more militants were in the city, and were backed by fighters from Southeast Asia and Middle East.

Those comments suggested the Philippine military, which has a long relationship with the U.S. military, may not have consulted Duterte. He said they'll discuss increasing security and signing an agreement to step up joint patrols.

After the news came out that the United States (US) has started giving technical assistance to Philippine armed forces in the fight against the ISIS-linked Maute Group in Marawi City, President Duterte was quick to say he did not invite them.

An Australian television journalist was shot in the neck yesterday as he reported from a southern Philippine city where militants are battling government troops, but he did not suffer major injuries.

Indonesian General Gatot Nurmantyo said the Islamic State has sleeper cells in nearly every province of the country.

Marawi is located about 500 kilometers north of Sangihe Island in Indonesia's North Sulawesi province.

Militants, pirates, drug traffickers, gun runners - the waters between Borneo and the southern Philippines have them all, but as an Islamic State faction burst on the scene in recent weeks, this corner of Southeast Asia plumbed new levels of insecurity.

Although US assistance in AFP operations in Marawi has nothing to do with natural disasters, it serves the same objective as well, with the added bonus of undermining whatever agreement with his criticism of US intentions and history of intervention in the Philippines Mr. Duterte may have gained from his fellow Filipinos. He said it will encourage the participation of the moderate Muslims in the affected area.

At the same time, Duterte refuted claims that he asked the United States to help in quelling the terror activities in Marawi.

What have other countries done?

Largely dormant territorial disputes, mutual mistrust, and limited capabilities have all played a part retarding closer cooperation. "And that is where shared responsibility on security comes in", he said. "Only the Philippine army can confront them on land", the Malaysian official said, declining to be identified because of the sensitivity of the issue.

"There are some U.S. personnel, who are operating equipment to provide information on situation awareness to our troops", said a Philippine military spokesman General Restituto Padilla.

Regional Police spokesman Supt.

Retrieval teams have been organized, although it remains unclear when the siege by the remaining militants, estimated to number more than 100, can be quelled by troops, Adiong said.

Harvey said the Marawi hospital he was being treated in came under attack while he was there, with gunfire heard outside the building. I believe, it's a call to the Filipino nation to be able to stand together as one.

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