|Out of 23 Senators only 15 thinks that there is no need reason to revoke martial law in Mindanao. Original photo credits to owner.
Fifteen senators think there is “no compelling reason to revoke” martial law in Mindanao, as they expressed full support for President Rodrigo Duterte’s declaration.
Thumbs up to those fifteen senators who supported our President, it was indeed a wise decision.
Senate Resolution 388 expressing the sense of the Senate supporting Duterte’s martial law declaration was filed on Monday by 15 out of the 23 senators, all of whom belong to the majority bloc.
“The acts committed by the Maute group are an open attempt to remove from the allegiance to the Philippine Government the part of Mindanao and deprive the Chief Executive of its powers and prerogatives to enforce laws of the land and to maintain public order and safety in Mindanao, hence constitutes the crime of rebellion,” the resolution read.
“The Senate finds the issuance of Proclamation No. 216 to be satisfactory, constitutional and in accordance with the law. The Senate hereby supports fully Proclamation No. 216 and finds no compelling reason to revoke the same,” it added.
The resolution was signed by Senate President Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III, Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto, Majority Leader Vicente Sotto III, and Senators Sonny Angara, Nancy Binay, JV Ejercito, Sherwin Gatchalian, Richard Gordon, Gringo Honasan, Panfilo Lacson, Loren Legarda, Manny Pacquiao, Joel Villanueva, Cynthia Villar, and Miguel Zubiri.
Senators Francis “Chiz” Escudero and Grace Poe are the only two majority bloc senators who did not sign the resolution.
In a text message, Escudero said he was’t aware of the filing of such resolution.
“I would have voted against revocation at this time in a joint session once a member of Congress files a motion to so revoke,” Escudero said.
The six members of the Senate minority bloc, meanwhile, has filed a resolution also on Monday calling for a joint session on martial law.
Senate Resolution No. 350 was signed by Minority Leader Franklin Drilon, and Senators Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan, Paolo Benigno “Bam” Aquino IV, Risa Hontiveros, Leila de Lima and Antonio Trillanes IV.
The resolution said the joint session was necessary to determine the “constitutional and factual validity” of Proclamation No. 216 declaring martial law in Mindanao following the attacks of the ISIS-inspired Maute group in Marawi City.
“Pansinin niyo yung mga pangalan na against sa martial law declaration ng ating Pangulo?”
Congress has only two session days to discuss the two resolutions concerning martial law before it adjourns sine die.