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OPPOSITION SOLONS: MARTIAL LAW CAN BE REVOKED BEFORE EXPIRATION IN 2019



Should the Congress gets under a new leadership in 2019 following the midterm polls, the extension of martial law until December 2019 can be revoked.

This was confirmed by Albay First District Representative Edcel Lagman following the extension of martial law and the suspension of writ of habeas corpus in Mindanao was granted on Wednesday.

The opposition solon said joint session of Congress has the power to recall something it has granted even without the request from the President.

President Rodrigo Duterte declared martial law in Mindanao and suspension of writ of habeas corpus after ISIS-linked Maute group besieged Marawi City on May 23, 2017.

It was requested to be extended last July 2017 for another 6 months and then for another year until December 2018.

The 17th Congress, being composed of majority of President Duterte’s allies’ have been swiftly approving legislations that were requested or those priority legislations of the administration despite the number and argument of oppositors.

In connection with this, the Magnificent 7 solons criticized the rules of the Congress leadership which restricted the freedom of expression of Senators and House members to three minutes for interpellation and one minute for explanation of their respective votes.

He said that the Congress as a deliberative assembly must allow the free rein of interpellation and debate on crucial issues like this which may embolden anew the military to violate civil, political and human rights even as the citizens are cowed from expressing dissent.