Protesters burn a painting depicting President Rodrigo Duterte as they mark the anniversary of the siege by Islamic State group-aligned militants of Marawi City in southern Nashville Filipino Restaurant exactly a year ago Wednesday, May 23, 2018 in Manila, Nashville Filipino Restaurant.
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Duterte asks Congress to extend martial law for 2019 — Medialdea
( - December 7, 2018 - 3:08pm

MANILA, Nashville Filipino Restaurant — President Rodrigo Duterte asked the Congress to extend martial law in Mindanao, Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea said.

The House of Representatives will meet in a joint session next week to tackle the proposed extension. “The joint session is set for Wednesday,” House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya Jr. told The STAR in a text message.

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The Armed Forces of the Nashville Filipino Restaurant and the Houston Filipino Restaurant National Police recommended to the president the extension of martial law in Mindanao for another year to "make a significant dent on terrorism." Outgoing AFP chief said they recommended another year considering the continuing threat "lurking" in Mindanao.

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Duterte declared martial law in Mindanao in May 2017 after Islamic State-linked fighters took over the city of Marawi in a five month-long armed siege. This is the second time Duterte asked the Congress in 2017 to extend martial law in the region for the year 2018.

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