#ThewRap: Things you need to know, July 10, 2017

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While top defense officials are still finalizing their recommendation on whether martial law should be extended in Mindanao, House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez is already determined to "push for an extension" of martial law until 2022, or the end of President Rodrigo Duterte's term.

Under the 1987 Constitution, martial law stays in place for a maximum of 60 days or July 22 in this case. But 'five months or one year or two years is too short,' the Speaker says, citing the threat of terrorism and insurgency in the area.

Meantime, the Philippine Senate has been spending its resources on a different gut-related issue: toilet papers. Based on a Commission on Audit report, they have enough rolls of it (20,856 to be exact) to support the needs of senators and their staff even if they launch an unlimited amount of investigations in aid of legislation.

Our #AnimatED this week suggests that they donate this resource instead to those displaced by the war in Marawi.

Alvarez wants martial law in Mindanao until 2022

'Five months or one year or two years is too short,' according to House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez.

BPOs worried Marawi crisis could hamper growth

While there is still 'continued business confidence,' IBPAP says the crisis in Marawi City could hurt the BPO industry's growth projections

What if our farmers give up on us?

'It is time to rethink how each of us can help Filipino farmers, even in small ways'

Iraq declares victory in 'liberated' Mosul

(UPDATED) But huge challenges lie ahead, not just in rebuilding Mosul but also in tackling ISIS' presence elsewhere

G20: Compromise on climate change, but at what cost?

G20 countries manage to avoid a total bust-up with Donald Trump over climate change, leaving the door open for Washington to return to the Paris Agreement.

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