Manila — On Wednesday, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte won martial law powers across the southern third of the country for one more year to combat Islamic militants and leftist rebels, as the country’s Congress brushed aside fears of a looming dictatorship. Duterte’s request to extend martial law in the Mindanao region until December 31 next year and detain rebellion suspects there without charge was approved by 240 votes to 27 at a joint session of the Senate and House of Representatives. Asked by reporters later on Wednesday if he would extend martial law to the whole country, Duterte said "all options are on the table". In May, Duterte imposed military rule and suspended a constitutional guarantee against warrantless arrests across the region of 20-million people, hours after armed Islamic militants seized the southern city of Marawi. The initial period of martial law was limited by the constitution to 60 days. However, in July, Congress authorised Duterte to extend martial ...

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