Duterte's martial law report: Maute wants full control of Mindanao

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 26) — The attempt of terror group Maute to take control of Mindanao beginning from Marawi City to establish an ISIS presence forced President Rodrigo Duterte to declare martial law in the South.

This was the highlight of the President's report received by Senate President Koko Pimentel and House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez on Thursday.

"The events commencing on 23 May 2017 put on public display the groups' clear intention to establish an Islamic state and their capability to deprive the duly constituted authorities -- the President foremost -- of their powers and prerogatives," the report said.

It stated Maute attempted to dismember Marawi from the country by killing its residents, disrupting transportation and power, and displaying DAESH or ISIS flags.

Hospital and government services were also cut, as the terror group blocked roads and bridges leading into the city.

Duterte also said Maute had 263 members as of last year, mainly in Lanao del Sur.

He added it has networks and links with foreign and local armed groups Jemaah Islamiyah, Mujahidin Indonesia Timur, and Abu Sayyaf.

"The group's occupation of Marawi City fulfills a strategic objective because of its terrain and easy access it provides to other parts of Mindanao," the report said.

Duterte added the terrorists are on the lookout for Christian communities to execute.

He said three-fourths of the city is infiltrated by lawless armed groups composed of Maute and Abu Sayyaf.

Rebellion was also seen during the Zamboanga siege, Davao bombing, Mamasapano clash, and other bombings in Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat, Sulu and Basilan.

The Constitution states inciting to rebellion is a ground to declare martial law.

Pimentel and Alvarez received the report on 9:55 p.m. Thursday in Davao City - beating by five minutes the 48-hour deadline under the Constitution.

Read more: House, Senate leaders receive copy of Duterte's report on martial law

CNN Philippines' Correspondent Joyce Ilas contributed to this report.