House, Senate receive copy of martial law proclamation

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(File photo) Plenary, House of Representatives

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 25) — The House of Representatives has received a copy of a proclamation placing Mindanao under martial law on Wednesday at 10:26 p.m.

The same proclamation has been transmitted to the Senate.

In his arrival speech in Manila earlier in the afternoon, Duterte said that he had left the document in a hotel in Russia, which he had signed late Tuesday evening. According to the Constitution, he had 48 hours — or until late Thursday evening —to submit a copy of the martial law declaration to Congress.

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The decision to place Mindanao under martial rule came after government forces clashed with ISIS-inspired local terror group Maute in Marawi City, forcing residents to evacuate.

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As of Wednesday evening, 13 members of the lawless group had been killed, according to the armed forces,.

The document, Proclamation No. 216, also suspends the privilege of the writ of habeas corpus in Mindanao.

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House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez said the Congress will convene a joint session regarding the declaration of martial law in Mindanao, but the date is yet to be set.

The Constitution also says that the martial law declaration should be affirmed by Congress and should be reviewed by the Supreme Court in an "appropriate proceeding filed by any citizen."

Congress has the power to revoke the proclamation by a vote of at least a majority of all members of both the Senate and the House. Conversely, Congress can also — if requested by the President and if public safety requires it — extend the period of martial law beyond 60 days.

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