Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III and House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez preside over the Congress’ joint session at the House of Representatives to decide on President Rodrigo Duterte’s request for a one-year extension of Martial Law in Mindanao on Wednesday (December 13,2017). In a 240-27 vote, the Congress granted its extension until Dec. 31, 2018. AVITO DALAN/PNA-northboundasia.com