Biglang atras! Opposition solons nix plan to question martial law extension before SC
The “Magnificent 7” group of opposition lawmakers will no longer question the constitutionality of the five-month extension of martial law before the Supreme Court.
In a statement Thursday (July 27), Albay Rep. Edcel Lagman said they will no longer challenge the constitutionality of the extension of martial law “in the wake of the Supreme Court’s adverse decisions upholding congressional discretion.”
Lagman said the current composition of the Supreme Court may also not favorably act on the petition he and his colleagues will file since it has refused to exercise jurisdiction against the legislature in two mandamus cases.
“With the current temperament of the Supreme Court, it may be an exercise in futility to press for the declaration of nullity of the congressional extension,” he added.
However, Lagman said there is still a possibility they will run to the Supreme Court if the implementation of martial law becomes abusive, and the declaration remains even if the fighting in Marawi City has ended.
He added that he and his colleagues will wait “for the occurrence of identical issues in subsequent instances” which may be decided by the Supreme Court.
Aside from Lagman, the “Magnificent 7” is composed of Ifugao Rep. Teddy Baguilat, Caloocan City Rep. Edgar Erice, Northern Samar Rep. Raul Daza, Akbayan party-list Rep. Tomasito VIllarin, Magdalo party-list Rep. Gary Alejano and Capiz Rep. Emmanuel Billones.