FORMAL

First the Senate, now The House of Representatives is formally backing the declaration of martial law in mindanao.

The House  has adopted a resolution the Committee of the Whole’s Report which recommended that the House support the declaration and stress that there is no reason to revoke the matter at this time.

The Committee discussed in executive session with executive branch officials the factual basis of the declaration triggered by the seige of Marawi City by the Maute group.

House Resolution 1050 said that during the meeting of the committee, “the Members of the House of representatives determined the factual sufficiency of the factual basis for the issuance of Proclamation 216.

The resolution reads, ” Resolved by the House of represnetatives to express its full support to President Rodrigo Duterte s it finds no reason to revoke Proclamation 216  entitled Declaring a State of Martial Law and Suspending the Privilege of the Writ of Habeas Corpus in the Whole of Mindanao.”

ACT Teachers Party List rep. Antonio Tinio objected to the resolution. “Mr. Speaker, ang requirement po ng Constitution para mag-deklara ang Presidente ng martial law at magsuspende ng pribilehiyo ng writ of habeas corpus ay dalawa po.  Una ay kinakailangan na may nagaganap na rebelyon at pangalawa ay may banta sa public safety.  Sa palagay po ng Kinatawang ito ay hindi po napatunayan ng President sa kanyang Proklamasyon at maging sa kanyang ulat o report sa Kongreso na may sapat na kondisyon para magdeklara ng martial law sa buong Mindanao.

Tinio added, “Mr. Speaker, ang hinihingi po ng Konstitusyon ay may aktwal na rebelyon.  Madali pong magplano, madali pong magkaroon ng mga hangarin ang kung sinu-sinong grupo pero ang hinihingi po ay may aktwal na rebelyon na naglalayon na ihiwalay ang buong teritoryo ng Mindanao mula sa Republika ng Pilipinas.  Hindi po ito napatunayan sa ulat, sa Proklamasyon at maging sa executive session kanina, Mr. Speaker. “

(natsots)