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Solons extend martial law for 150 more days

Congress voted unanimously yesterday to extend martial law and the suspension of the writ of habeas corpus in Mindanao for another 150 days as requested by President Duterte.

President Duterte is unlikely to approve a bill that will exclude rape with homicide in the list of crimes punishable by death.

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The House of Representatives, voting 216 for, without negative votes and abstentions, last night approved on third and final reading House Bill 4767 extending the validity of Philippine passports to ten years.

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Two weeks before he steps down from office, President Aquino has vetoed two bills, the condonation of unpaid taxes of local water districts and the comprehensive nursing law.

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The House of Representatives will add to its roll of members the first transgender person to win a national elective post in the Philippines.

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