Senator Juan Miguel Zubiri stated he made a mistake in calling for a joint session when then-President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo declared martial law in Maguindanao in 2009.
During the plenary session Tuesday (May 30), Senator Risa Hontiveros reminded Zubiri of his determination since he was among the many senators who don’t see any want now for the Senate and House of Representatives to carry a joint session to debate President Rodrigo Duterte’s declaration of martial law.
Hontiveros reminded Zubiri that he had described calling for a joint session a “constitutional duty.”
In protection of his comment, Zubiri stated majority of lawmakers had expressed an intention to revoke Arroyo’s declaration.
“I erred in my decision before because I did not realize the gravity of the situation. This is happening in my home,” Zubiri, who hails from Bukidnon, stated.
Duterte declared martial law in Mindanao on May 23 as a result of ongoing conflict between authorities troops and the terrorist Maute group in Marawi City.
Hontiveros, together with 5 different members of the minority bloc, have filed a decision urging the Senate and House to carry a joint session to debate martial law.
Congressional leaders, nevertheless, appeared cool to the concept, saying it’s only essential if lawmakers will revoke the declaration of martial law.