Philippines' Duterte asks Congress to extend martial law

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President Rodrigo Duterte's martial law declaration is set to expire this week, and he has called the members of Congress to convene on its extension.

HUMAN RIGHTS Mr. Lorenzana also challenged groups and individuals alleging that there are unreported cases of human rights abuses under martial law to file appropriate charges in courts.

Abella said, this translates to an extension of 161 days more.

Duterte declared martial law on May 23 for 60 days on the entire southern region of Mindanao, after the militants occupied areas within the predominantly Muslim city of Marawi on Mindanao island.

The validity of martial law in Mindanao will end on July 22.

"We have made it clear from the very start that all our operations under martial law will be based on the rule of law and respect for human rights of all, regardless of religion, ethnicity or ideology".

The military, though, has yet to submit an actual recommendation to the President as the fighting between government troops and the terrorist Maute group continues in Marawi City.

"'Di pa po (I haven't read it yet)".

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"Basta maghintay na yan sila dyan (They will just have to wait)".

"I'll be surprised if he'll (Duterte) not ask for an extension", Gordon told dzBB. "What the use of declaring?"

As of yesterday, Armed Forces chief of staff Gen. Eduardo Año said the assessment of the current situation on the terrorist problem is still being completed.

"We can not disclose our recommendation because 'yung sa amin, military aspect lang 'yun (ours is only the military aspect)", he said.

Other factors that President Duterte will weigh are the reports of other agencies of the government, including that from the Department of Interior and Local Government and the Philippine National Police, he added.

Duterte's decision on whether or not martial law will be lifted or extended will depend largely on the recommendations of the AFP and other national security officials.

Ako Bicol party-list Representative Alfredo Garbin Jr. argued that the Congress may only extend martial law in Mindanao if it is required by public safety.

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