A Catholic priest is among those being held by the extremists in the southern city of Marawi

President Duterte declared martial law across the southern part of the country after Islamist militants stormed the city of Marawi

The extremists forced their way into a cathedral in Marawi as violence erupted in the southern city

Security measures put in place due to fears of an Islamist attack

The Philippines government is risking the worst of all outcomes

The Church and human rights groups have been alarmed by President Duterte’s violent crackdown on drug crime

A crackdown on drug-related crime has left more than 400 suspected dealers dead since President Duterte took office in June

Archbishop Socrates Villegas issued a statement, read in churches Sunday expressing deep concerns over the killings of drugs suspects

The president of the bishops’ conference said it was part of their vocation to speak out on political matters