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Militants in the Philippines: President's martial law order is Déjà vu for some expats

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Philippine troops arrive at their barracks to reinforce fellow troops following the siege by Muslim militants Wednesday, May 24, 2017 in the outskirts of Marawi city in southern Philippines. Muslim extremists abducted a Catholic priest and more than a dozen churchgoers while laying siege to a southern Philippine city overnight, burning buildings, ambushing soldiers and hoisting flags of the Islamic State group, officials said Wednesday. President Rodrigo Duterte declared martial law in the southern third of the nation and warned he would enforce it harshly. (AP Photo)
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Philippine troops arrive at their barracks to reinforce fellow troops following the siege by Muslim militants Wednesday, May 24, 2017 in the outskirts of Marawi city in southern Philippines. Muslim extremists abducted a Catholic priest and more than a dozen churchgoers while laying siege to a southern Philippine city overnight, burning buildings, ambushing soldiers and hoisting flags of the Islamic State group, officials said Wednesday. President Rodrigo Duterte declared martial law in the southern third of the nation and warned he would enforce it harshly. (AP Photo)

Reports say Islamist militants have burned buildings, taken hostages and even raised black ISIS-style flags on the country's southern island.

Recent attacks in the Philipines have led the country's president, Rodrigo Duterte, to declare martial law. 

Around 100 Islamist militants swept through a southern city Tuesday. Media reports say they've burned buildings, taken hostages and even raised black ISIS-style flags. 

As the situation continues to develop, Take Two got some local perspective from James Zarsadiaz, assistant professor of history and director of the Philippine Studies program at the University of San Francisco.

Press the blue play button above to hear the full interview. 

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