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Drilon reminds Panelo: Power to extend martial law rests in Congress

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Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon on Thursday (July 6) emphasized that the power to extend martial law rests in Congress.

“That is clear from the Constitution. The Constitution says that ‘upon the initiative of the President, Congress may extend the martial law.’ The power is with Congress to extend upon the initiative of the President,” the senator said.

As the 60-day period of imposition of martial law comes to an end in three weeks’ time, Drilon disputed the claims made by Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo that the President is allowed to issue another proclamation on martial law.

Drilon, a lawyer and former executive and justice secretary, said such position by Panelo is not supported by the provisions of the 1987 Constitution and by the circumstances under which such proclamation or extension will be decided upon.

“Beyond 60 days, it is now the joint responsibility of the President and Congress to determine whether the martial law will be extended. It is the initiative of the President but it is Congress that will now extend. Maliwanag po iyan sa ating Saligang Batas,” he stressed.