Philippine Congress extends Mindanao martial law until end-2019

FILE PHOTO: Activists display a banner and a mural of President Rodrigo Duterte to denounce the declaration of martial law in Mindanao island, one year after Islamic militants occupied parts of the southern Philippine city of Marawi during a protest outside the presidential palace in Metro Manila, Philippines May 23, 2018. REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco/File Photo

MANILA (Reuters) – The Philippine Congress approved a 12-month extension of martial law in the restive Mindanao region on Wednesday, after President Rodrigo Duterte argued for maintaining tough security measures to stop Muslim extremists from regrouping. A joint legislative session voted 235-28 in favor of retaining military rule in Mindanao until the end of 2019, […]

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