The head of state has since returned to the country after cutting short his official visit to Russia over the alarming events. The apprehension of Abu Sayyaf leader Isnilon Hapilon reportedly sparked the hostilities that have resulted in damages to civilians and infrastructure.
According to ABS-CBN News, Hapilon has been recruiting other militant groups supporting the Islamic State, including the Marawi-based Maute group.
Different versions of the story are popping up on social media, with only few being accurate and credible. Netizens, for their part, have offered their two cents on the President suspending the writ of habeas corpus.
Almost every online post is about setting Duterte's proclamation apart from the unspeakable horrors of the late Ferdinand Marcos' iron fist.
A couple of infographics by the Pinag-isang Lakas ng Samahan ng mga Progresibong Atenista perfectly broke down the distinct factors between the previous manifesto and the new one.
One conspicuous detail on the summary is the prominent role of the Congress, which was abolished during the time of Marcos but has the ability to revoke the suspension order under the 1987 Constitution.
Meanwhile, Teddy Boy Locsin suggested a different perspective for those who are doubting the move.
Still, you can't blame those who grew fainthearted about the matter, particularly on the President's choice of words.
Even before Duterte stated that he may extend martial law in Luzon and Visayas, someone already pointed out the questionable scope of the imposition.
Basically, qualms on the military directive stem from the man who put his foot down on the brewing atrocities himself.
If only we could take things lightly like this deleted tweet from CNN Philippines...