House minority to Duterte: Be mindful of statements vs Congress, SC

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Posted at May 31 2017 06:47 PM | Updated as of May 31 2017 06:57 PM

The House minority bloc on Wednesday reminded President Rodrigo Duterte to "be mindful" of his "controversial and provocative statements" that seem to disregard the constitutional power of the legislative and judiciary.

"The president is understandably emotional seeing his fallen soldiers and civilian casualties, however, the president should be mindful of his statements because it is his duty to uphold the constitution... recognize role of Congress and SC as mandated by constitution," House minority leader Danilo Suarez said in a press conference.

Duterte declared martial law in Mindanao last week after fighting erupted between government forces and the Maute terrorist group in the Islamic city in the Philippines.

In a speech in Jolo, Sulu Saturday, Duterte said he will not listen to the high court in case it decides that his martial law declaration has no factual basis. 

But Malacañang clarified the president will not defy the high court's order should magistrates decide to nullify the validity of Proclamation 216 in Mindanao.

Though Kabayan Party-list representative Harry Roque filed a resolution to support Duterte's martial law in Mindanao, members of the House minority warned the chief executive should use this card sparingly.

"We would like him to be more careful and prudent next time. We should be more prudent in the exercise of extraordinary powers," Buhay Party-list Representative Lito Atienza said.

"Martial law should be the last resort... Every time martial law is brought out by the president as his card when there is no need for it, nalalagay tayo sa alanganin," Atienza added.