Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon on Thursday (July 6) emphasised that the ability to extend martial law rests in Congress.
“That is clear from the Constitution. The Constitution says that ‘upon the initiative of the President, Congress may extend the martial law.’ The power is with Congress to extend upon the initiative of the President,” the senator stated.
As the 60-day interval of imposition of martial law comes to an finish in three weeks’ time, Drilon disputed the claims made by Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo that the President is allowed to difficulty one other proclamation on martial law.
Drilon, a lawyer and former government and justice secretary, stated such place by Panelo just isn’t supported by the provisions of the 1987 Constitution and by the circumstances underneath which such proclamation or extension shall be determined upon.
“Beyond 60 days, it is now the joint responsibility of the President and Congress to determine whether the martial law will be extended. It is the initiative of the President but it is Congress that will now extend. Maliwanag po iyan sa ating Saligang Batas,” he pressured.