Speaker Bebot Alvarez mentioned there was no want for the Congress to convene a joint session as a result of majority of lawmakers authorised President Rodrigo Duterte’s declaration of martial legislation in Mindanao.
In a press convention, Alvarez mentioned the Constitution solely mandated a joint session if the President requested for an extension of the utmost 60-day implementation of martial legislation.
He mentioned that solely a token few have been in opposition to martial legislation and beneath the Constitution, the bulk, which authorised of Duterte’s motion, all the time gained.
“Mayorya ang magde-decide kung kailangang mag-convene: majority. Yung sa Senado ganun din. Kasi kahit mag-decide kami na mag-convene, ayaw ng Senado, e walang mangyayari. O mag-decide ang Senado, ayaw din naming, e wala ding mangyayari,” mentioned Alvarez.
Alvarez urged the noisy few to simply wait after two months earlier than asking for joint session.
“Anyway 60 days lang naman yan eh. Maiksi lang yung panahon na yan—60 days. Andami lang kiyaw-kiyaw kasi. Karamihan nagrereklamo hindi naman din taga-Mindanao,” mentioned Alvarez.