#ThewRap: Things you need to know, May 29, 2017

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President Rodrigo Duterte said martial law was necessary to quell the Maute Group’s plan to establish an ISIS province in Philippines. Ironically it is a claim that’s never acknowledged by the institution that is now implementing his order: the military.

On the contrary, the military has boasted of needing just more time to address the Maute problem in the Lanao provinces, as it made victorious claims of having killed dozens of Mautes in the last year or so. The surgical strike on May 23 was in fact targeted against the ISIS-inspired Isnilon Hapilon, who apparently has moved his base from Basilan on the western side to northern Mindanao, to link up with the Mautes.

This week's #AnimatED explains why we need to be concerned about these developments. We continue to monitor these events as we bring you the most important stories of the day.

Duterte: Only AFP, PNP can tell me to end martial law

President Rodrigo Duterte says Congress and the Supreme Court cannot tell him what to do because they are 'not the ones risking their lives'

#AnimatED: Why Duterte's martial law terrorizes us

It makes us lose sight of the true nature of the new threat of terror: that it is ubiquitous, knows no boundaries, and is not only Mindanao'

What local governments owe tobacco farmers

Tobacco farmers in Sta Cruz, Ilocos Sur, say their local government uses its share in excise taxes on cigarettes in funding non-tobacco farm

China should pay and go

As China and the Philippines engage in bilateral talks, Manila should revisit the South China Sea arbitral award and not sleep on its rights

Trump dismisses 'fabricated' report of son-in-law's outreach to Russia

Trump: 'It is my opinion that many of the leaks coming out of the White House are fabricated lies made up by the #FakeNews media'

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