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The two chambers of the Congress of the Republic of the Philippines have spoken. They support the declaration of Martial Law in Mindanao. The Senate and the House of Representatives also took the stand that no joint session of Congress is necessary to discuss and consider President Duterte’s declaration, including the suspension of the writ of habeas corpus.

Less than a week before President Aquino delivers his State of the Nation Address (SONA), Malacañang said Wednesday it is trimming down the SONA because the Chief Executive hates long speeches.

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