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Iloilo solons back 1-year martial law extension in Mindanao

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At least four legislators from Iloilo voted to extend the martial law in Mindanao for another year.

President Rodrigo Duterte declared martial law in Mindanao in May 23 after the Maute group attack Marawi City.

Voting 240-27 in a joint session yesterday, Congress approved the request of President Rodrigo Duterte to extend martial law in Mindanao until December 31, 2018.

In a Panay News report, Iloilo City Representative Jerry Treñas said he supports the recommendation of the military and the police.

Iloilo First District Representative Richard Garin said that military control is needed to rebuild Marawi City following a five-month militant siege.

Iloilo Third District Representative Arthur “Toto” Defensor Jr. said an extension would help “eradicate terrorism and insurgency” in the region.

Fourth District Representative Ferjenel Biron also voted for martial law extension, citing “public safety” concerns.

Second District Representative Arcadio Gorriceta and Fifth District Representative Raul Tupas were absent during the special joint session.