Rep. Fariñas Slams DILAWAN Senators :There’s no need for Congress to Approve Martial law

 

House Majority Leader, Rudy Fariñas, said on Thursday that Duterte’s Martial Law declaration was neither approved nor denied by the Congress.


2rUVPIQ Rep. Fariñas Slams DILAWAN Senators :There's no need for Congress to Approve Martial law
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“If it (Congress) is in favor of the proclamation, it does not have to act, but nothing prevents either or both Houses from expressing support,” said House Majority Leader, Rudy Fariñas on Thursday.

“The Congress has to act only if it shall revoke such proclamation,” Fariñas explained.
Martial Law was declared all over Mindanao on Tuesday based on the issued Proclamation No. 216 signed by President Duterte on the same day.
READ: Kiko Pangilinan Assured That He Will Block and Look Into The Basis of Duterte’s Martial Law Declaration

President Duterte cut his Russia trip short to attend to the crisis in Marawi.
Under the 1987 Constitution, the President can proclaim martial law for not more than 60 days. But the Congress may drop the declaration if majority of the house is not in favor, which the President must follow.
2rUVPIQ Rep. Fariñas Slams DILAWAN Senators :There's no need for Congress to Approve Martial law
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He added that nothing prevents either or both Houses from expressing support to the President’s proclamation.
Furthermore, he justified this lack of joint session for the declaration by saying that even Representatives from Mindanao support the action.
“In fact, (House) members from Mindanao agreed to issue a Resolution of support to such proclamation,” he said.


On Duterte’s Report Regarding the Proclamation
Fariñas stated that the Congress is still waiting for Duterte’s report explaining the basis of his declaration.
The report should be submitted not later than 10 p.m. of May 25, or when the 48-hour constitutional deadline expires.
Fariñas added that he and Senate Majority Leader, Tito Sotto, agreed to give a briefing on the martial law declaration to the Senate on Monday afternoon of Monday, May 29, and to the House of Representatives on Wednesday morning, May 31.
2rUVPIQ Rep. Fariñas Slams DILAWAN Senators :There's no need for Congress to Approve Martial law
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He said that the lower chamber will constitute a Committee of the Whole for the briefing.
However, the meeting will be an Executive Session for they are expected to discuss matters on national security.
The Congress invited Executive Secretary, Salvador Medialdea to the briefing, as well as the other members of the Cabinet, including Acting Interior Secretary Catalino Cuy, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, Health Secretary Paulyn Ubial, Social Welfare Secretary Judy Taguiwalo, Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre, Tourism Secretary Wanda Teo, Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade, and Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez.

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