House, Senate leaders receive copy of Duterte's report on martial law

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Senate President Koko Pimentel (L) and House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez (R) accepts copy of the report.

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 26) — Both houses of the Congress have received the copy of the report regarding the declaration of the state of martial law and the suspension of the privilege of the writ of habeas corpus in Mindanao.

House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez and Senate President Koko Pimentel received the report at the same time at 9:55 p.m. Thursday in Davao City - five minutes before the 48-hour deadline, as set under the Constitution.

The President declared martial law in Mindanao Tuesday night, following a clash in Marawi City.

As of Thursday afternoon, the military claims 31 members of the Maute group have been killed. Thirteen government forces have also died in the clash.

The President called for a special Cabinet meeting to discuss the implementation of martial law. Top military and police officials joined the meeting to discuss guidelines on how security troops should operate.

Alvarez said Congress will convene in a joint session regarding the declaration of martial law in Mindanao, but the date has not been set.

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

Meanwhile, House majority leader Rudy Farinas said there is no need for Congress to convene if they are in favor of it.

READ: Rep. Fariñas: No need for Congress to approve martial law

In an interview with CNN Philippines, Senator Cynthia Villar said Congress is likely to support the declaration of martial law.

READ: Senator: Congress likely to back martial law in Mindanao