No lower than Senate minority chief Franklin Drilon had said there was no need for a joint session of Congress to debate the declaration of martial regulation in Mindanao, Sen. Panfilo Lacson said Tuesday.
Lacson said that in the course of the first caucus of the senators on the problem final week, Drilon insisted there was no need for a joint session except they need to revoke martial regulation.
“Nag-caucus kami sa lounge. And it was Sen. Drilon who insisted na di kailangan mag-joint session in the first place unless meron kaming intention to revoke. And I picked it up from there. Because following his arguments and I know he’s a brilliant lawyer, and I’ve always respected his legal opinion, diniscuss namin yan during our first caucus,” he said.
The senators held their first caucus on the matter final week, shortly after President Rodrigo Duterte declared martial regulation over Mindanao as a result of Maute group’s menace.
Lacson said he even requested Drilon if the senators would routinely forfeit their authority to revoke martial regulation if they don’t convene inside 24 hours.
“Sabi niya in the first place, we don’t need to hold a joint session kung di natin ire-revoke. At the time, everybody agreed that there was no need to revoke and therefore there was no need to hold a joint session,” he said.
“It goes without saying na kung ina-affirm namin ang declaration ng martial law, there’s no need for a joint session because nakalagay sa Constitution, magjo-joint session kung ire-revoke. Malaki ang paghanga ko kay Sen. Drilon kaya yan ang sinundan kong linya,” he added.