nths after an Islamic rebellion was crushed in the Philippines, officials say President Rodrigo Duterte will still ask Congress for one more year of military rule in the south on Monday to keep a lid on what he's calling an insurgency. Duterte first imposed martial law in the southern island of Mindanao back in May as his forces struggled for five months to take back the city of Marawi from insurgents.
The battle is over and army rule expires at the end of the year. But the president thinks that's too soon, as Reuters correspondent Jerome Morales explains.>> In a letter to the Congress, President Duterte said the extended military will allow the government security forces to completely quell the rebellion in the volatile southern region of Mindanao and prevent it from spreading to other parts of the country.
>> Duterte officials say militants linked to Islamic State remain a threat and are trying to increase their numbers across Mindanao. And they say intelligence points to a new attack on another city. We their ranks diminished following the siege of Marawi city, Islamist militants are recruiting anew, targeting students, children, women, and relatives of the deceased insurgents.
The government also expects intensified hostilities with Maoist rebels, which the Duterte has declared a terrorist group.>> The assault on Marawi city was meant to provide a foothold for Islamist militants in Southeast Asia. More then 1,100 people died in the ensuing battle and hundreds of thousands were left displaced.
Members of the House and Senate will likely vote on an extension for army rule by Friday. There's no constitutional limit on how long martial law can be extended.