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Opposition lawmakers hit Duterte’s ‘whimsical’ martial law request

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REQUEST TO CONGRESS. President Rodrigo Duterte, shown here delivering a speech on July 4, 2017, wants Congress to extend martial law in Mindanao until December 31, 2017. Malacañang file photo

But Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez says Congress will probably grant the President’s request to extend martial law, citing a survey that says majority of Filipinos support the original proclamation

MANILA, Philippines (Jul. 18, 2017) — Opposition lawmakers questioned why President Rodrigo Duterte is asking Congress to extend martial law in Mindanao until the end of December. Continue reading Opposition lawmakers hit Duterte’s ‘whimsical’ martial law request

Lawmakers to OK martial law extension if Duterte asks – House leaders

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DUTERTE ALLIES. Representatives Dakila Cua, Gwen Garcia, and Fredenil Castro hold a press conference on July 17, 2017. Photo from the House of Representatives

Deputy Speakers Fredenil Castro and Gwen Garcia make the statement ahead of the meeting of administration-allied legislators with the President on Monday evening, July 17

MANILA, Philippines (Jul. 17, 2017) — Two House deputy speakers said lawmakers will likely grant President Rodrigo Duterte an extension of the martial law declaration in Mindanao if he asks it from Congress. Continue reading Lawmakers to OK martial law extension if Duterte asks – House leaders

Duterte asks lawmakers for 60-day martial law extension

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DUTERTE ALLIES. Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III (left) and Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez (right) look at President Rodrigo Duterte during a press conference on March 13, 2017. Malacañang file photo

The President also asks the Senate and the House to hold a special session to tackle his request. This session will be on Saturday, July 22

MANILA, Philippines (Jul. 17, 2017) — During his meeting with lawmakers on Monday, July 17, President Rodrigo Duterte asked for a 60-day extension of martial law still covering the entire Mindanao. He also requested that the Senate and the House of Representatives hold a special session to discuss this request. Continue reading Duterte asks lawmakers for 60-day martial law extension

House raises P13 million for Marawi victims

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DISPLACED. Marawi City evacuees seek refuge at the Lanao del Sur Provincial Capitol compound. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez will be creating a committee to facilitate the trust fund for Marawi City

MANILA, Philippines (Jun. 19, 2017) — Several lawmakers pooled their money to raise P13 million to help in rehabilitation efforts for victims of the Marawi City siege. Continue reading House raises P13 million for Marawi victims

House supports Mindanao martial law, finds no need to revoke it

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COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE. Cabinet secretaries swear to tell the truth during their briefing with lawmakers on the Mindanao martial law. This briefing led to the drafting of House Resolution 1050 in the afternoon of May 31. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

House Resolution Number 1050 in effect rejects the Makabayan bloc’s resolution calling for a joint session to revoke martial law in Mindanao

MANILA, Philippines (Jun. 1, 2017) — The House of Representatives expressed its “full support” to President Rodrigo Duterte for declaring martial law in Mindanao, finding no reason to revoke the 60-day proclamation. Continue reading House supports Mindanao martial law, finds no need to revoke it

House Makabayan bloc calls for joint session to revoke martial law

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NEVER AGAIN. Representatives Carlos Zarate, Antonio Tinio, Emmi de Jesus, and Sarah Elago face the media after filing their resolution against martial law on May 30, 2017. Photo from Makabayan bloc

The Makabayan lawmakers argue the President’s report to Congress on martial law in Mindanao reveals ‘exaggeration or falsity of the alleged events’

MANILA, Philippines (May 30, 2017) — Lawmakers forming the House Makabayan bloc filed a resolution calling for a joint congressional session to revoke President Rodrigo Duterte’s declaration of martial law in Mindanao. Continue reading House Makabayan bloc calls for joint session to revoke martial law

12 senators favor joint session on Mindanao martial law

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JOINT SESSION. At least 12 of the 23 senators favor holding a joint congressional session to deliberate on President Rodrigo Duterte’s declaration of martial law in Mindanao.

At least 12 of the 23 senators favor a joint congressional session to deliberate on President Rodrigo Duterte’s declaration of martial law in Mindanao

MANILA, Philippines (May 30, 2017) — At least 12 of the country’s 23 senators want a joint congressional session to deliberate on President Rodrigo Duterte’s declaration of martial law in Mindanao. Continue reading 12 senators favor joint session on Mindanao martial law

House to meet with Cabinet over Mindanao martial law on May 31

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ALL MEMBERS. The House will be constituting itself into the committee of the whole on May 31, 2017 to listen to Cabinet officials’ briefing on the declaration of martial law in Mindanao. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas says the briefing will be open to the public unless the officials request for a closed-door session

MANILA, Philippines (May 29, 2017) — All members of the House of Representatives are set to meet with Cabinet officials as well as Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) Governor Mujiv Hataman at 9 am on Wednesday, May 31, to discuss the declaration of martial law in Mindanao. Continue reading House to meet with Cabinet over Mindanao martial law on May 31

Duterte plan to ignore SC ‘alarming’ but Senate won’t act – Pimentel

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ALARMING BUT… Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III downplays President Rodrigo Duterte’s threat to ignore the Supreme Court and Congress. Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

‘There’s no violation [since] he’s just saying it,’ says Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III

MANILA, Philippines (May 29, 2017) — President Rodrigo Duterte’s threat to ignore Congress and the Supreme Court in the implementation of martial law is “alarming” but the Senate need not act on it. Continue reading Duterte plan to ignore SC ‘alarming’ but Senate won’t act – Pimentel

Opposition lawmakers hit ‘creeping authoritarianism’ under Duterte

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DISREGARDING THE CONSTITUTION? President Rodrigo Duterte gestures as he delivers a speech during an oath-taking ceremony for newly-appointed government officials at Malacañang Palace on March 30, 2017. Malacañang file photo

Representatives Gary Alejano, Teddy Baguilat Jr, and Tom Villarin say President Rodrigo Duterte cannot ignore Congress and the Supreme Court over the martial law declaration in Mindanao

MANILA, Philippines (May 29, 2017) — Opposition lawmakers called out President Rodrigo Duterte over his seeming rejection of constitutional provisions allowing Congress and the Supreme Court (SC) to assess the martial law declaration in Mindanao. Continue reading Opposition lawmakers hit ‘creeping authoritarianism’ under Duterte