Majority Leader Vicente Sotto III is backing the proposal of Minority Leader Frank Drilon to deal with the problem on martial regulation whereas the House and Senate had been in joint session with the opening of the second common session of the 17th Congress on July 24.
“I concur. In fact, I’ll take it up with the (Senate) President as soon as I get the chance,” mentioned Sotto.
Drilon on Thursday made name to deal with any attainable grey space which will come about in shifting for the extension of martial regulation which can come a day or two before the scheduled opening of Congress’ second common periods.
Sotto apparently needed to keep away from one other controversy within the declaration of martial regulation after some teams questioned why Congress didn’t convene to deal with martial regulation after it was declared final May 23.
Drilon mentioned: “This is a case of first impression as it has never happened before. I think the President will lose nothing if before July 22, he sends a notice to Congress that he wants to extend martial law for whatever reason and when we convene on July 25, two days after that, my suggestion to both the leadership of Congress is that we do not adjourn after we hear the President’s SONA (State of the Nation Address) but continue for Congress to approve the extension of the martial law.”
“I propose that we continue the session after the SONA and maybe the following day, not the same afternoon. In other words, you maintain the situation where Congress is in joint session,” Drilon added.