Magnificent 7 eyes Supreme Court suit vs Martial Law extension

December 13, 2018
Edcel Lagman

THE House Magnificent 7 might challenge before the Supreme Court the third extension of martial law in Mindanao.

In a press conference, Albay Rep. Edcel Lagman said the extension of martial law for another year has no constitutional and factual basis.

“A petition challenging the third extension of martial law is an option which we are considering. And it is very possible that we are going to file that before the SC,” Lagman said.

Lagman also said the next Congress or the 18th Congress, in a  joint session, may review, revoke or recall the  martial law extension.

In a joint session, the House and Senate granted the request of President Rodrigo Duterte to extend the martial ruling from January 1 to December 31, 2019.

According to Lagman, Article VII Section 18 of the 1987 Constitution provides that the High Court “may review, in an appropriate proceeding filed by any citizen, the sufficiency of the factual basis of the proclamation of martial law or the suspension of the privilege of the writ or the extension thereof, and must promulgate its decision thereon within thirty days from its filing.”

Lagman also said the 18th Congress, in a joint session, has the power to revoke or  recall the approval of the martial law extension by the present 17th Congress.