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The longer, the better? Duterte wants extension of martial law, Guerrero’s term

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President Rodrigo Duterte will ask Congress to extend martial law in Mindanao beyond 2017, Politiko has learned.

There’s no word yet until when Duterte wants martial law in place in Mindanao, though the Armed Forces of the Philippines said it wants the declaration extended to address the “remaining threat groups” in the region.

Congress had approved in July Duterte’s request to extend martial law in Mindanao until December 31, the height of the Marawi crisis.

Aside from requesting an extension of martial law, Duterte wants to prolong the term of Armed Forces chief of staff Gen. Rey Leonardo Guerrero since he is set to retire on December 17.ii

Guerrero, a member of the Philippine Militar Academy “Maharlika” Class of 1984, was appointed AFP chief in October.

Malacañang earlier urged the AFP to fast-track the submission of its recommendation on martial law since Congress will go on break on December 15, and will resume sessions on January 15 next year.

Under the Constitution, Congress may revoke or extend the proclamation of martial law “voting jointly, by a vote of at least a majority of all its members in regular or special session.”