MANILA -- Twelve senators on Tuesday thumbed down a proposed joint session to discuss President Rodrigo Duterte's declaration of martial law in Mindanao.
Voting 12-9, the Senate rejected the call to convene a joint session of Congress to revoke President Rodrigo Duterte's declaration of martial law, and the suspension of the privilege of the writ of habeas corpus in Mindanao.
The votes were as follows:
NO - 12 votes
Senators Sonny Angara, Nancy Binay, JV Ejercito, Richard Gordon, Gregorio Honasan, Panfilo Lacson, Loren Legarda, Manny Pacquiao, Tito Sotto, Cynthia Villar, Juan Miguel Zubiri, Aquilino Pimentel III
YES - 9 votes
Senators Bam Aquino, Franklin Drilon, Chiz Escudero, Sherwin Gatchalian, Risa Hontiveros, Francis Pangilinan, Grace Poe, Ralph Recto, Antonio Trillanes
In the lower House, the leftist Makabayan bloc had filed House Joint Resolution No. 13 which says that based on Duterte’s report to Congress, there is no factual basis for the declaration, and that the administration’s claims were “inaccurate, grossly exaggerated, or outright false.”
Makabayan argued that there was no proof or evidence provided in the president’s report to support the claim that the actions by the Maute and Abu Sayyaf groups in Marawi are acts of rebellion aimed at establishing a seat of power in Marawi City.
The lawmakers also claimed that the rebel groups’ actions in Marawi City do not warrant the imposition of martial law, nor the suspension of the privilege of the writ of habeas corpus, because the local government of Marawi City and all agencies of the national government remain fully functional.
--with reports from Zandro Ochona, DZMM; and RG Cruz, ABS-CBN News