Majority bloc to hold caucus today over martial law extension in Mindanao

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DAVAO CITY, Philippines — Members of the Majority bloc in Congress will hold a caucus today, December 11, 2017 to discuss the fate of the proposed one-year martial extension in Mindanao.

House Majority Floor Leader Pantaleon Alvarez in a text message to Newsline.ph last night said “We will hold a majority caucus tomorrow (today).

Today, the Palace is expected to transmit to Congress and the Senate the letter of Preisdent Rodrigo seeking to extend martial law in Mindanao for one year.

Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea in a message to reporters stressed “The recommendation is one year.”

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Medialdea said they will submit to Congress and the Senate the recommendation of President Duterte to extend martial law in mindanao for one year.

Duterte declared martial law in Mindanao by virtue to Proclamation No. 216 which placed whole of Mindanao Island under martial law since May 23 when the Islamic State-inspired Maute Group attacked Marawi City in a bid to establish a caliphate there.

The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) earlier recommended a one-year extension of martial law in Mindanao.

Last July, Congress voted to extend martial law until Dec. 31 after the 60-day period had expired.-Editha Z. Caduaya/Newsline.ph

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