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ALVAREZ TO EXTEND MARTIAL LAW UNTIL 2022 IN MINDANAO - NewspaperPH


House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez said that he would push Congress to extend martial law for five years, spanning the remainder of President Rodrigo Duterte’s term, to give the country’s leader time to eradicate terrorism and insurgency in the troubled region. Mr. Duterte has said he had no plans of lifting martial law, unless security authorities told him the situation in Mindanao was no longer critical. He said a recommendation will be made to Duterte once the military is satisfied it has flushed out all terrorist elements from the district. Duterte, added the spokesman, wants a recommendation before the end of the 60-day martial law period. The Philippines Constitution stipulates martial law can be imposed for 60 days, unless extended by the Congress.

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