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Joint Congress Senate votes 261-18 to extend martial law in Mindanao till Dec 2017

| July 23, 2017


The nation has chosen to stand united in defending the Republic.  We thank Congress for approving the extension of martial law until December 31, 2017. This is the message of Presidential spokesperson Ernesto Abella on the joint legislative House vote of 261-18 in favor of extending martial law in Mindanao till Dec 2017.

Voting 16-4, the senators approved the extension of the declaration until December 31 during a special joint session in the Congress.
The House of Representatives voted 245-14 in favor of martial law extension until the end of the year.
In all, 261 members of Congress voted to approve the extension while 18 voted against.
The following senators voted in favor of extending martial law upon President Rodrigo Duterte’s request:
  • Sonny Angara
  • JV Ejercito
  • Francis Escudero
  • Sherwin Gatchalian
  • Richard Gordon
  • Gregorio Honasan
  • Panfilo Lacson
  • Loren Legarda
  • Manny Pacquiao
  • Aquilino Pimentel III
  • Grace Poe
  • Ralph Recto
  • Tito Sotto
  • Joel Villanueva
  • Cynthia Villar
  • Migz Zubiri
Sens. Kiko Pangilinan, Risa Hontiveros, Bam Aquino and Francis Drilon voted against the extension of martial law.
Abella further said”

“The extension of martial law is essential to the overall peace and stability.

“The rebellion in Marawi continues to persist and we want to stop the spread of the evil ideology of terrorism and free the people of Mindanao from the tyranny of lawlessness and violent extremism.

“Now that the debate is over, let us get on with the job of nation-building and contribute in the attainment of the full promise of Mindanao.

“There is much work to be done to bring back public safety and law and order in the whole island of Mindanao. There is much work to be done in the recovery, reconstruction and rehabilitation of Marawi.  Together, let us transform Mindanao into a land of fulfillment. “




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