Duterte defends Philippine troops accused of looting in Marawi siege

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday rejected allegations by a rights group that troops engaged in looting during the bloody battle against Islamic State followers in the southern city of Marawi.
Duterte also assured soldiers he would protect their interests following claims by Amnesty International that they committed abuses during the five-month battle in Marawi that left over 1,000 people dead.
“Those [allegations] of stealing in Marawi, I don’t believe it. I was there…