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25 May 2017

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President Rodrigo Roa Duterte presides over a special Cabinet meeting at the Presidential Guest House in Panacan, Davao City. The President on May 25, 2017 called for a special Cabinet meeting after declaring a state of Martial Law in Mindanao on May 23, 2017 following a terrorist attack in Marawi City.

Joining the Cabinet meeting were Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea, Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez, Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno, Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Ernesto Pernia, Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar, Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella, Solicitor General Jose Calida, Public Works and Highways Secretary Mark Villar, Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III, Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Jesus Dureza, Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu, House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez, Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III, Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, Acting Interior and Local Government Secretary Catalino Cuy, National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr., Mindanao Development Authority Secretary Datu Abul Khayr Alonto, Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Eduardo Año, Philipine National Police Director General Ronald dela Rosa, and Special Assistant to the President Christopher Lawrence Go. PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

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President Rodrigo Roa Duterte arrives from an official visit to Russia. He landed on May 24, 2017 at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 2 in Pasay City.

In his speech, the President reiterated his warning to those who are sowing terror that he will be harsh in dealing with them. Earlier, he declared a state of Martial Law in Mindanao. 

President Duterte clarified his purpose of declaring Martial Law that is to protect and preserve the country. He also assured he will not allow any abuses to be committed by law enforcers during the period of Martial Law. 

He had to cut his official visit to the Russian Federation short to oversee the terror crisis that has erupted in Marawi City. 

Meanwhile, President Duterte thanked the Russian Federation, especially Russian President Vladimir Putin, for according him and the Philippine delegation a warm reception. PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO