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Part of the discussion is whether or not another period to extend martial law is warranted and why the need to extend it.

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Senators believe the President will have more to show in his second State of the Nation Address on July 24 if the crisis in Marawi is resolved by then. If it isn't, the SONA is an opportunity for him to defend to Congress his reasons for extending martial law in Mindanao.