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


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

    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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