Around 1,000 protesters took to the streets of Manila on Monday. After Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said he wants another year of military rule in the southern region of Mindanao. If passed, it would be the third time Duterte extended martial law in the south. But the president's critics say, Martial law has led to political killings and a crackdown on activists in the region.
>> If they would extend martial law, of course, the abuses that are taking place in Mindanao would definitely continue. And if they are able to normalize martial law in Mindanao, then that is one more step closer to having nationwide martial law acceptable for the people.>> Duterte declared martial law in Mindanao in May 2016, to help combat militants linked to Islamic State, after they have taken over the City of Marawi.
The conflict resulted in a five-month long battle and more than a thousand people dead. For many in the Philippines, martial law remains a sensitive subject. The entire country was placed under military rule in the 1970s by former president Ferdinand Marcos. That led to thousands of extrajudicial killings and forced disappearances of activists and government critics.