READ | Pres. Duterte’s request for the extension of martial law in Mindanao

December 13, 2017 - 10:19 AM
duterte fist bump with troops
Reuters file photo of President Rodrigo Duterte

MANILA, Philippines — Congress convened in joint session on Wednesday, December 13, to debate and decide on President Rodrigo Duterte’s request for a yearlong extension of martial law in Mindanao – from January 1 to December 31 next year.

Here is Duterte’s letter to the leaders of Congress laying down the reasons why he believes he needs another year of military rule in the south.