Philippines’ military has been trying to clear the city for five weeks, exchanging gunfire with rebels using sniper rifles and grenades.
Citing accounts of seven residents of Marawi City who either escaped or were rescued, the military said some hostages were forced to convert to Islam, carry wounded fighters to mosques, and marry militants of the Maute group loyal to Islamic State.“So they are being forced to be sex slaves, forced to destroy the dignity of these women,” military spokesman Jo-Ar Herrera told a news conference.“So this is what is happening inside, this is very evident ...
The rebels' combat capability, access to heavy weapons and use of foreign fighters have raised fears in the mainly Catholic country that the Marawi battle could just be the start of a wider campaign, and it could be presented by Maute as a triumph to aid their recruitment.
President Rodrigo Duterte, reappearing in public after a week-long absence, said he was deeply saddened by the crisis and promised Marawi would be rebuilt.
Although considered morally inappropriate, quiet homosexuality and heterosexual cohabitation have become socially accepted to a certain degree.
Furthermore, the Roman Catholic Church became the primary influence in legal, political, and religious views and issues on sexuality, birth control and contraception, abortion, education (including sex education, sexual roles of men and women, and homosexuality) and other aspects of civil life in Philippine society.