By Charissa Luci-Atienza
A petition questioning the legality of the five-month extension of martial law in Mindanao is expected to be filed next week with the Supreme Court, an opposition congressman bared Sunday.
Albay Rep. Edcel Lagman said hisw group will file the petition against the extension of President Duterte’s Proclamation No. 286, insisting that there is no sufficient factual basis for any extension, and that what happened in Marawi City is lawless violence, and not actual rebellion.
“We will file the petition as soon as possible. I think, by next week it will be filed before the Supreme Court, ” he said in a radio interview.
Lagman, who is among the 14 House members who voted against the martial law extension said that the 150-day extension is “too long” and that it is “against the intent of the Constitution.”
He explained that while the Constitution does not provide for the duration of the extension, the discretion of Congress in fixing the period of the extension is not absolute.
“ Congress must be guided by the constitutional precept that any declaration of martial law and suspension of the writ of habeas corpus or its extension must only be for a limited period like the original Proclamation which is limited to only 60 days,” he said.
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