Dozens of Philippine men accused of attempting to join Marawi insurgency have charges dismissed

Philippine prosecutors have dismissed rebellion complaints against 59 men who were stopped by police and army troops at two checkpoints in the south and accused of attempting to join militants linked to Islamic State (IS) who laid siege to a southern city.
Senior government prosecutor Peter Ong said on Thursday the complaints filed by the military against the Muslim men were dismissed because of a lack of strong evidence, and authorities were ordered to free all the men.
“It is clear that…