Thursday 8 June 2017

Sen. Sotto: Congressmen who oppose Martial Law to SC- ANTI-DUTERTE

It is just because they are anti-Duterte.
The six Conressmen who filed a petition to the Supreme Court, asking the higher court to nullify the decree of Martial Law in the whole of Mindanao as signed by President Duterte (photo credit to

The six opposition lawmakers that urged the Supreme Court (SC) to nullify President Rodrigo Duterte’s Proclamation 216 (Martial Law in Mindanao)only did so not because of some plausible reasons or because its against the Constitutuion-its just that they are “anti-Duterte”. This was the statement of Senate Majority Leader Vicente “Tito” Sotto early this week.

The six opposition lawmakers are as follows:

Representatives Rep. Edcel Lagman;

Tomasito Villarin;

Gary Alejano;

Emmanuel Billones;

Teddy Brawner Baguilat, Jr.;

Raul Daza; and

Edgar Erice.

Their petition they claim that:

“The alleged facts contained in Proclamation No. 216 and the President’s Report justifying the imposition of martial law and the suspension of the privilege of the writ of habeas corpus turned out to be mostly inaccurate, simulated, false and/or hyperbolic and the list of terrorist acts or incidence of violence are either distant or have been earlier solved with the apprehension and prosecution of the suspected culprits,”

Senator Sotto when asked to comment on the petition, said the congressmen were “wrong”

Well, obviously they are wrong. Even other Asian countries admit there are Daesh operatives in the Philippines. Anti-Duterte lang sila, it’s as simple as that,”.

Another Senator-Francis “Chiz” Escudero said that the situation in Marawi City proves the need for the declaration of Martial Law.

“That’s their right and prerogative but it seems quite obvious, based on media reports alone, that there is an ongoing rebellion in Marawi,” Escudero said.

Senator Sonny Angara when asked if the declaration of the President of Marial Law in Marawi City is justified said in the affirmative.

“Talagang masama yung lagay, masama yung sitwasyon at kumbaga, rebellion siya sa ilalim ng Saligang Batas. Yun ang pananaw namin,” he told reporters

Supreme Court’s wisdom needed

Some senators welcome Supreme Court’s deliberation re martial law but only if to discuss the issue and for the enrichment of current jurisprudence.

“it is best that jurisprudence take its course if only to serve as guide for future emergency proclamations.”- said Senator Panfilo Lacson.

Senator JV Ejercito, was confident that the Supreme Court will uphold the lawful declaration of martial law by President Duterte.

“it is best that jurisprudence take its course if only to serve as guide for future emergency proclamations.”

“While anyone has the right to question the factual bases of the proclamation of martial law, as per our Constitution, I urge our citizens to rally behind the commander-in-chief and the brave men and women of our armed forces,”  Sen. JV added.

Sotto, Escudero, Angara, Lacson, and Ejercito were all authors of Senate Resolution 388 stating that “there is no compelling reason to revoke” the martial law declaration.
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