ONE MORE YEAR | Palace: Duterte asks for martial law extension in Mindanao

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DECEMBER 7, 2018 – President Rodrigo Duterte has requested both chambers of Congress to extend martial law in Mindanao, according to Malacañang.

In a statement issued on Friday, the Palace confirmed that the president asked for a joint session of Congress to further extend martial law in Mindanao and suspend the writ of habeas corpus for another year.

“With martial law in place, we have achieved substantial progress in addressing the rebellion in Mindanao, as well as promoting the overall security and peace and order situation therein, which even led to noteworthy economic developments in the locality,” said Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo.

Malacañang says persisting rebellion and threats to public safety prompted the President to seek the martial law extension over the region.

“A halt may only frustrate the progress we are witnessing in Mindanao and may even strengthen the rebellion and propel it to other parts of the country,” said Panelo.

The Senate has also scheduled for a security briefing on the proposed martial law extension on Monday, December 10.

Martial law in Mindanao is initially set to expire by the end of December 2018.