MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte will ask Congress to extend martial law in Mindanao for another 60 days, Senate Majority Leader Vicente Sotto III said.
Sotto made the disclosure after a dinner hosted by Duterte in Malacañang for leaders and key members of both houses of Congress.
Duterte has called Congress to a special session on Saturday, July 22, the 60th and last day of Proclamation No. 216’s effectivity, and will ask legislators to extend the declaration he made on May 23, soon after fighting broke out between extremist gunmen and government forces.
The battle for Marawi is still raging and is likely to continue doing so by the time Duterte delivers his second state of the nation address on Monday, July 24.
House Majority Leader Rudy Fariñas confirmed to InterAksyon that Duterte “mentioned the period” he wants martial law extended “but let’s wait for his formal letter to Congress” requesting the special session.
Duterte mentioned the period only to those seated at his table at the Palace dinner, namely Fariñas, Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III, Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez, Sotto, Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea, and Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano, the House majority leader said.