President Rodrigo Duterte wants Proclamation No. 216 declaring Martial in Mindanao extended to 60 days.
The Senate and the House of Representatives will meet in joint session on July 22 to discuss the extension that Duterte asked during a meeting with senators and congressmen on July 17.
Proclamation No. 216, constitutionally limited to 60 days, was issued by Duterte on May 23 as Maute Group terrorists attacked and occupied parts of Marawi City on May 22, ends on July 22.
Senate President Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel said the President asked “sixty days of martial law extension and still over entire Mindanao,” according to Rappler.
Pimentel, who was in the meeting with House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez and some majority senators and congressmen, sent the information through text message in response to an inquiry on the President’s position on martial law, said Rappler.
According to Rappler, Pimentel said Duterte also requested that the Senate and Hous convene in joint session on July 22 to discuss his request for extension of Proclamation No. 216.