Philippine President: Martial law in southern region could last a year hinh anh 1Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte (Photo: AFP/VNA)
Manila (VNA) – Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte announced on May 24 that martial law in the southern region of Mindanao could be extended for one year. 

"If it would take a year to do it, if it's over within a month, then I'd be happy," Duterte said in a video posted online by the government.

Earlier, on May 23, during his visit to Russia, the President declared martial law for 60 days in the southernmost island of Mindanao after clashes between the Philippine army and the Islamic State group-linked militants in Marawi city.

According to the local media, at least one police was killed when security forces raided a house where they believed Isnilon Hapilon, a leader of the Abu Sayyaf terrorist group, was hiding in Marawi city.-VNA