It’s the Congress’ duty to convene a joint session and deliberate the constitutional basis for martial law. The government should not make a shortcut. It is not allowed to violate the Constitution, said the petitioners. The House and the Senate separately issued resolutions supporting the declaration of martial law. Both branches did so without holding a joint session as required by the Constitution. Therefore, a call out to the Supreme Court is initiated by an ex-Solicitor General. That would set aside Bongbong Marcos’ electoral protest against Leni Robredo.
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[VIDEO]: Albay Rep. Edcel Lagman says the independent minority bloc in the House of Representatives is mulling the filing of a petition before the Supreme Court to question President Duterte’s declaration of martial law in Mindanao.
Former Solicitor General Florin Hilbay calls on lawyers to support a petition before the Supreme Court to compel the House of Representatives and the Senate for a joint session that pertains to the martial law in Mindanao. Hilbay gets the idea after he receives positive responses from his Tweet.
Delays on Bongbong Marcos’ Electoral Protest
Since the Supreme Court is bombarded with martial law resolutions, Hilbay’s move can be another alibi to delay the process of Bongbong Marcos’ electoral protests against Robredo. Just recently, the preliminary conference is postponed to June 11 instead of June 21. There are some groups that express their desire to take the matter to the streets to demand an expedited recount of their votes.
Public Interest or Legality?
Laws are created to protect the people and not to disregard public interest. The majority of lawmakers believe that there’s no need to jointly convene because there’s not much resistance to the initial 60-day martial law declaration. Besides, the President is willing to comply with Congress and the Supreme Court should they out-vote his decisions.
What about the People?
The country won’t have peace if most people feel that the 2016 election was fraudulent. This prompts Marcos to file the electoral protest against Robredo. No matter how costly it is for him. It is not anymore about his win as the real VP. It’s mainly because the people are stripped off their rights. Their votes seem not valued by the politicians who portray themselves as democracy fighters whose only resort is to delay the process.