It will be known if the martial law in Mindanao will be extended or not, next week or during the dates of the final session of the Congress for 2017, the President of the Chamber Pantaleon Alvarez has hinted.
In a DZRH radio interview on Thursday, Alvarez said that President Rodrigo Duterte only has until this week to make a formal request to legislators for the extension of martial law in the southern islands, is, if he wants that lasts beyond December 31, 2017.
President of the Chamber Pantaleón Alvarez TOTO (LOZANO / Presidential Photo / MANILA BULLETIN)  "Kailangang mag-communication sila sa amin within the week, for next week puwede na naming talakayin iyan, kung aaprubahan or hindi (They have to contact us within the week so we can discuss it next week if it will be approved or no), "Alvarez said.
The extension of the military government must be approved by both houses of Congress (House of Representatives and Senate) through a joint session. This year's sessions will only last until December 13, Wednesday.
By Thursday, December 14, lawmakers will have begun their one-month Christmas break.
The president said that the possibility of holding a special session is grim.
Álvarez said it would be difficult since "all the legislators are scheduled to go on vacation." This is Christmas. This is different from other breaks where lawmakers can still be called. "
Duterte declared martial law on Mindanao on May 23 after 800 to 1,000 Maute Group terrorists inspired by ISIS occupied Marawi City in Lanao del Sur
This initial statement It was assumed that martial law would last only two months, but the president sought an extension in July amid the adjournment of Congress, followed by a joint session where martial law was extended until the end of the year.
] The legislature, especially the House, is dominated by Duterte's allies, Alvarez is a party companion and an old friend of the president.
The executive president declared the military victory in Marawi after five months of fighting.
] Álvarez, who represents the first district of Davao del Norte, mentioned earlier that it favors the martial law in Mindanao to last until the end of Dute's term rte in 2022.
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