Protesters burn a painting depicting President Rodrigo Duterte as they mark the anniversary of the siege by Islamic State group-aligned militants of Marawi City in southern Philippines exactly a year ago Wednesday, May 23, 2018 in Manila, Philippines.
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Duterte asks Congress to extend martial law for 2019 — Medialdea
( - December 7, 2018 - 3:08pm

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte asked the Congress to extend martial law in Mindanao, Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea said.

The House of Representatives will meet in a joint session next week to tackle the proposed extension. “The joint session is set for Wednesday,” House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya Jr. told The STAR in a text message.

The Armed Forces of the Philippines and the Philippine National Police recommended to the president the extension of martial law in Mindanao for another year to "make a significant dent on terrorism." Outgoing AFP chief said they recommended another year considering the continuing threat "lurking" in Mindanao.

READ: AFP, PNP back another year of martial law

Duterte declared martial law in Mindanao in May 2017 after Islamic State-linked fighters took over the city of Marawi in a five month-long armed siege. This is the second time Duterte asked the Congress in 2017 to extend martial law in the region for the year 2018.

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