Congress can solely convene collectively over martial law if its members intend to revoke or lengthen it.
The Supreme Court (SC) has dismissed on Tuesday (July 25) the petitions looking for to have Congress to convene collectively and vote on President Rodrigo Duterte’s Proclamation No. 216 which declared martial law and suspended habeas corpus over Mindanao.
SC spokesperson Theodore Te stated members of the excessive tribunal voted unanimously to dismiss the petitions.
Te defined the dismissal was made “on the ground that Congress did not gravely abuse its discretion in not convening jointly upon President’s issuance of Proclamation No. 216.”
Citing Article VII, Section 18 of the Constitution, Te stated the SC identified the Constitution “imposes no such duty on Congress to convene, such duty (to convene and vote) being limited instances where Congress intends to revoke or extend any proclamation of martial law or suspension of the privilege of the writ of habeas corpus.”