US DNA tests have confirmed the death of a pro-Daesh commander who was a key leader of the terrorist group that laid siege to Marawi City in the southern Philippines in 2017.
Philippines Defence Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said a five-month long battle against Daesh militants in the south of the country has ended.
Although opposition legislators questioned government officials for hours on the legality of the move, the vote was largely a foregone conclusion as Duterte enjoys majorities in both houses of Congress.
At least 11 bags of methamphetamine worth between $2M to $5M recovered during an operation to rid besieged Marawi City of Daesh and linked militants, officials say. Around 600 kg of the drug were seized by authorities in May.
President Rodrigo Duterte called on various rebel forces to fight alongside government forces against Daesh-linked militants, as the military says it is close to taking back Marawi city from an extremist insurgency.
Duterte says he is willing to hold dialogue with the Maute militant group, which has been fighting the Philippine military for three days in Marawi City on Mindanao island.
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