House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez says he will tear up any Supreme Court order for congress to convene a joint session to review President Duterte’s declaration of martial law in Mindanao.
Speaking to reporters after he was made a respondent in one of the petitions assailing the declaration of martial law in Mindanao, Alvarez stressed that the Supreme Court has no business under the constitution to order congress regarding the exercise of its powers over martial law.
“mag issue ng directiba ang SC telling congress dictating congress na oy magconvene kayo ng joint session? punitin ko yan eh.”
Alvarez warned of a constitutional crisis should the Supreme Court issue such an order. Critics of martial law want Congress convened to review the declaration, the way Congress did in 2009 when President Arroyo declared martial law over Maguindanao. ” of course not kalokohan yan kaya sabi ko mag aral muna bumalik sila sa law books pag aralan nila. kung pupuwedeng gawin yan eh talagang magkaka roon ng constitutional crisis di namin kasalanan yun.”
Alvarez says the solicitor general will respond to the petition in behalf of the Lower House. “pinasa ko na sa office ng solcitor general at ang posisuton natin walang jrusidiction ang SC diyan”
For Alvarez, conducting a joint session now would also be futile since there is already a consensus among lawmakers to back martial law. “hindi ko nga alam sa kanila kung anong logic meron eh nagpasa na majority ng senado supporting yung declaration ng martial law nagpasa ng resolution dito sa house of representatives majority supporting the declaratrion of martial law ngayon magconvene ka ng joint session ano pag uusapan natin alam na natin ang desisyon”
Alvarez thinks those who want a joint session just want media mileage. ” o siguro baka gusto nilang mag grandstanding lang sa joint session. tanong mo sa kanila kung ano epekto basta kami di susunod kung ano sabihin ng supreme court diyan dahil wala silang karapatan para diktahan ang kongreso kung ano dapat naming gawin”
in 2009, most of the 3 day joint session on martial law was dominated by the critics of the declaration who took turns criticizing the declaration on the floor and questionning executive branch officials who testified to justify the position of the President.
Akbayan Rep. Tom Villarin says President Duterte alone cannot be trusted with the power to declare martial law even as he insisted on a joint session of congress so it can review the declaration of martial law in Mindanao.
“if your premise is si presidente na lang lahat , whats the use of your cabinet whats the use of having sceretaries heads of ministries or agencies na andiyan we have a system and following that system, process “
Villarin maintained that the President should have also consulted the opposition. “even sa pagconvene ng ganung klaseng pag security issues the opposition are invited pero dito lahat sa ngayon wala eh awlays a unilateral ang siansabi ni solgen calida even si presidential legal counsel na bahala na lahat si tatay digong mahirap ho yun di ho ganun ang sistema na bahala na si tatay digong sa lahat”
Villarin insisted there was no factual basis for the declaration when it was made as it was not even recommended by the cabinet, “when ML was declared May 23 at 10pm in Moscow wala hong sufficient factual basis na ginamit yung ating presidente wala hong recommendation in our system of democracy under our rpesidential system ang isang rpesidente ay kumukuha ka ng opinion. sa tingin po namin dahil sa moscow halos lahat andoon. given the fact si sec lorenzana sabi niya wala siyang recommendation. the big issue is ang martial law ba sole and only discretion of the president di ba dapat kinonsulta ang gabinete. even the oppositionw ill be consulted on such grave exercise of extraordinary power yan po ang mga quetsions na inhahain namin sa SC kung yung sufficiecny of factual basis meron ba at that time”
Villarin is among those who asked the Supreme Court to nullify the declaration of martial law. They also want Congress to convene in Joint Session so that the declaration can be reviewed. “now the SC will have oral arguments on the petitions dahi ho 2 ho yung eptition ngayon una yung mandamus petition etong tinatawag na convene congress jointly dahil sa tignin ng ibang petitioners declaration of ML is a shared power between the president and congress and congress can only execrcise such hared power if it convenes jointly that issue has been decided in 2009 in the case of Fortun vs Macapagal Arroyo sinabi doon ng SC martial law is a sared power mandamus petition reietration na sundin ng gubyerno yung isang precedent case.”
Villarin also dismissed claims that the declaration enjoys the support of residents of Mindanao. “eto sa usapin ng Martial law di ho totoo na ang buong mindanao ay suportado angd eklarasyon ng martial law marami ho sa taga marawi marami ho sa mismong lugar ng nangyari ngayon ang gyera sabi nila nung una martial law in paper ok lan pero dahil martial law on the ground tutol sila sa ganung sitwasyon”