The extension request is to the end of 2018 to destroy IS and other Islamists. Destruction of Communist insurgents is also now in scope according to the request.
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday asked the Philippine Congress to extend the martial law he declared in the country’s south until the end of 2018 to ensure the “total eradication” of pro-“Islamic State” (IS) extremists.
Duterte said the remaining militants still hoped to establish a caliphate in the Philippines and Southeast Asia after government forces killed more than 900 fighters and quelled the five-month Marawi siege in October.
“I ask the Congress of the Philippines to further extend the proclamation of martial law and the suspension of the privilege of the writ of habeas corpus in the whole of Mindanao for a period of one year” from 1 January, the letter said.
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Philippines (PH) is estimated to have a population of 103.3 million with a growth rate during 2010-2015 of 1.6% pa.
At the same rate of change, in five years' time its population will increase by 8.5 million.