Manila--Taiwanese nationals living in Davao City on the southern Philippine island of Mindanao were reportedly safe on Wednesday, though they were urged to remain alert following a terrorist attack in Marawi City, about 260 kilometers away on Tuesday, according to a Davao-based Taiwanese business group.
Government troops clashed on Tuesday with members of the Maute Group, a radical Islamist group active in Mindanao, and Abu Sayyaf militants in the predominantly Muslim city of Marawi, about 260 km away from northwest Davao, where many Taiwanese business people and expatriates live.
In the aftermath of the clashes, during which several soldiers were reported injured, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte placed Mindanao under martial law.
Ho Chien-yi (???), chief secretary of the Mindanao Taiwan Chambers of Commerce (MTCC), told CNA via telephone on Wednesday that Taiwanese on Mindanao have not been affected by the declaration of martial law.
Nothing had changed in Davao City, Ho said, indicating that life there remained normal, with "no controls, or security checks by military personnel and police."
MTCC head Lin Hung-min (???), who is on a visit to Japan, told CNA that he was aware of the declaration of martial law and planned to discuss the situation with Taiwanese business people in Davao on returning.
Philippine Defense Minister Delfin Lorenzana has confirmed that militants seized a hospital, a prison and a number of streets in Marawi, torching several churches and schools.
It is the first time martial law has been declared in the Philippines since 1972, triggering fears that democracy in the country could be undermined.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel