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Senator Lacson: Let Martial Law Work in Marawi to Penetrate ISIS


welcome By: Elena Grace Flores

Senator Panfilo Lacson assures the public that the president’s martial law declaration is backed by the Senate majority. He also reminds people that the new constitution is already revised to prevent alleged military abuses from happening again.

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No Approval Needed

Now that the President has declared martial law in Mindanao, all eyes are on both chambers of Congress as mandated by the 1987 Constitution to “jointly” vote to affirm or revoke it. The outcome of this is very predictable based on the number presidential allies in the lower as well as in the Upper Houses. Lacson clarifies that no approval is needed.

Voting is Irrelevant

“It goes to say that by sheer numbers alone the vote is irrelevant in this regard. Twenty-four senators can’t outvote 292 congressmen,” Lacson said. He basically confirms that martial law is almost official. They fully support the move to eliminate terrorists from Marawi.

Cannot Revoke

Article 7, Section 18 of the 1987 Constitution states that “the Congress, voting jointly, by a vote of at least a majority of all its Members in regular or special session, may revoke such proclamation or suspension, which revocation shall not be set aside by the President.” Lacson assures the people that they cannot revoke martial law given the situation in Congress.

Official Caucus

Congress does not have to approve it but it can be revoked. It can be through a majority vote of all members voting jointly. Lacson suggests that the Senate holds an all-senators caucus to discuss their common stand on the issue. This is to see if they can arrive at a common stand,” Lacson added.