Congress asked to extend martial law until end of 2017

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has asked the Congress to extend his declaration of Martial Law in Mindanao until the end of 2017, The Manila Times Online reported on Tuesday (July 18).

Malacanang spokesman Ernesto Abella told the media at a press conference at the palace on Tuesday that Duterte made the request during a meeting with legislators, led by Senate President Aquilino Pimentel 3rd and House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez in Malacanang on Monday.

In his letter sent to Congress leaders, Duterte admitted the government was unable to completely quell the rebellion in Mindanao within July 22, the last day of the 60-day period provided under the Constitution.

“For this reason and because public safety requires it, I call upon the Congress to extend until 31st December 2017 or for such a period of time as the Congress may determine the proclamation of martial law and the suspension of the privilege of writ of habeas corpus in the whole of Mindanao, Duterte was quoted to have said.