The “Magnificent 7” group of opposition lawmakers will now not question the constitutionality of the five-month extension of martial law before the Supreme Court.
In an announcement Thursday (July 27), Albay Rep. Edcel Lagman mentioned they’ll now not problem the constitutionality of the extension of martial law “in the wake of the Supreme Court’s adverse decisions upholding congressional discretion.”
Lagman mentioned the present composition of the Supreme Court can also not favorably act on the petition he and his colleagues will file because it has refused to train jurisdiction towards the legislature in two mandamus circumstances.
“With the current temperament of the Supreme Court, it may be an exercise in futility to press for the declaration of nullity of the congressional extension,” he added.
However, Lagman mentioned there may be nonetheless a chance they’ll run to the Supreme Court if the implementation of martial law turns into abusive, and the declaration stays even when the preventing in Marawi City has ended.
He added that he and his colleagues will wait “for the occurrence of identical issues in subsequent instances” which can be determined by the Supreme Court.
Aside from Lagman, the “Magnificent 7” consists of Ifugao Rep. Teddy Baguilat, Caloocan City Rep. Edgar Erice, Northern Samar Rep. Raul Daza, Akbayan party-list Rep. Tomasito VIllarin, Magdalo party-list Rep. Gary Alejano and Capiz Rep. Emmanuel Billones.