Emer­gency rule re­quest

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MANILA: Philip­pine Pres­i­dent Ro­drigo Duterte wants to ex­tend mar­tial law in the en­tire is­land of Min­danao and nearby is­lands un­til the end of the year to en­sure pub­lic safety and in or­der to quell the re­bel­lion in the south­ern Philip­pines, his spokesper­son Ernesto Abella said yes­ter­day.

Abella said that Duterte had sent a seven-page let­ter to the coun­try’s Congress on Mon­day re­quest­ing an ex­ten­sion of mar­tial law un­til De­cem­ber 31.

“The pri­mary ob­jec­tive of the pos­si­ble ex­ten­sion is to al­low our forces to con­tinue with their op­er­a­tion un­ham­pered by dead­lines,” Abella said.

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