Jun 27, 2017 @ 19:25

It just isn’t crucial for the House of Representatives and Senate to convene collectively over martial regulation.

This is what Solicitor General Jose Calida identified as he requested the Supreme Court (SC) to dismiss the 2 petitions searching for to compel Congress to convene in a joint session to evaluate President Rodrigo Duterte’s Proclamation No. 216 which declared martial regulation and droop habeas corpus over Mindanao.

“None of the various safeguards available in the Constitution mandate Congress to convene in joint session when it has no intention to revoke or extend the proclamation or suspension, as the case may be,” learn his 40-page consolidated remark filed earlier than the SC on Tuesday (June 27).

“In this case, Congress has expressed its intent not to revoke the President’s proclamation of martial law and the suspension of the privilege of the writ of habeas corpus through Senate Resolution No. 49 and House Resolution No. 1050. Hence, no further action is required from Congress,” he reminded.

Two petitions had been filed earlier than the excessive tribunal which was requested to compel Congress to convene over Proclamation 216.

The first was filed on June 6 by a gaggle petitioners composed of former senator Rene Saguisag, former Commission on Elections chairman Christian Monsod, former Commission on Human Rights chairperson Loretta Ann Rosales, former Philippine Health Insurance Corporation president Alexander Padilla, lawyer Rene Gorospe, and detained Senator Leila de Lima.

The following day the second petition was filed by a gaggle made up of Bishop Emeritus Deogracias Iniguez, Bishop Broderick Pabillo, Bishop Antonio Tobias, former senator Wigberto Tanada, prioress of St. Scholastica’s Priory Missionary Benedictine Sisters Adelaida Ygrubay, Shamah Bulangis of Siliman University, and Cassandra Deluria of the University of the Philippines-Diliman.

Source: politics.com.ph