The Senate is not going to topic President Rodrigo Duterte’s declaration of martial law underneath scrutiny regardless of the clamor of some senators for a joint session with the House of Representatives.

Voting 12-9, the Senate on Tuesday (May 30) junked the decision filed by senators from the minority bloc calling for the convening of Congress in a joint session to debate Proclamation No. 216 on martial law.

Those who voted in opposition to holding a joint session had been Senate President Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel, and Senators Sonny Angara, Nancy Binay, JV Ejercito, Richard Gordon, Gring Honasan, Panfilo Lacson, Loren Legarda, Manny Pacquiao, Tito Sotto, Cynthia Villar and Juan Miguel Zubiri.

Meanwhile, the senators who voted in favor of a joint session had been: Franklin Drilon, Bam Aquino, Sonny Trillanes, Risa Hontiveros, Kiko Pangilinan, Francis “Chiz” Escudero, Ralph Recto, Sherwin Gatchalian and Grace Poe.

The minority lawmakers who known as for a joint session mentioned it’s mandated by the Constitution.

Congressional leaders, nonetheless, appeared cool to the concept, saying a joint session is just obligatory if the proclamation on martial law shall be revoked.

Duterte declared martial law in Mindanao on May 23 as a result of ongoing conflict between authorities troops and the terrorist Maute group.

Source: politics.com.ph