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Duterte discusses martial law, BBL over ‘binakol’ dinner with Congress allies

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President Duterte played host at a Malacañang dinner for several senators and congressmen to make a push for the martial law extension in Mindanao as well as the passage of the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law.

Among those invited to the exclusive dinner were Senate President Koko Pimentel, Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez, several lawmakers and Cabinet members, a week before the President’s second State of the Nation Address (SONA).

The politikos were treated to Filipino cuisine that included heart of palm and alugbati salad, chicken binakol, and dalandan sorbet.

“Supporting the President in his desire to preserve peace in Mindanao on a meeting with selected legislators in a meeting in Malacañang,” Quezon City Rep. Winston Castelo wrote on Facebook, sharing several photos of the Palace affair.

Prior to the dinner, the President received a copy of the draft BBL, which he plans to certify as urgent, to end the conflict and bring lasting peace in Mindanao.

The Palace later issued a statement confirming the President has called for a special session of Congress to consider the extension of martial rule in the troubled region.