UPDATE: Congress votes to extend martial law in Mindanao until Dec. 31, 2017

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Congress has voted overwhelmingly to extend martial law in Mindanao and extend the writ of habeas corpus until December 31, 2017.

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Sixteen senators voted for the extension while four rejected the request of President Rodrigo Duterte to extend martial law for another five months, citing a rebellion threat from Islamist extremists.

Meanwhile, 261 lawmakers at the House voted in the affirmative while 18 said “no”.

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