Senators from the minority bloc are contemplating backing any challenge in opposition to President Rodrigo Duterte’s declaration of martial law earlier than the Supreme Court ought to their name for Congress to convene in a joint session be ignored.
“We’re looking at the possibility of supporting a petition (in case it will be filed) before the (SC.) In this case, may alternative naman sa Saligang Batas, dalhin yung usapin kung ano nga ba ang basehan nung martial law sa korte suprema,” stated Senator Francis “Kiko Pangilinan Monday (May 29).
However, the lawmaker, who’s the president of the Liberal Party, stated members of the minority bloc resembling Senators Franklin Drilon, Bam Aquino, Risa Hontiveros, Antonio Trillanes IV and Leila de Lima have but to focus on amongst themselves the matter of submitting a petition earlier than the excessive courtroom.
“But officially, kung sino (will file it), we are more than willing to support,” the senator added.
The SC, below the Constitution, might assessment sufficiency of the factual foundation of the proclamation of martial law following the submitting of a petition by any citizen and should promulgate its choice inside 30 days.
The minority senators have filed Senate Resolution No. 390 urging the House of Representatives and Senate to maintain a joint session to deliberate on Duterte’s declaration of martial law in Mindanao.
Despite her detention, De Lima managed to affix her signature to the decision.
“I hereby manifest my support for this resolution calling for the convening of Congress in joint session to deliberate on Proclamation No. 216 dated 23 May 2017. I hope that our dear colleagues in the Senate will likewise support this urgent resolution,” she stated in a handwritten word beside her signature.