US based blogger challenges Bam: 'go challenge the Congress' approval of martial law extension at the Supreme Court' - The Daily Sentry

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

US based blogger challenges Bam: 'go challenge the Congress' approval of martial law extension at the Supreme Court'

Edwin Jamora and Sen. Bam Aquino / compiled photo from Google

Manila, Philippines - Opposition senator Bam Aquino voted NO to government’s call to extend Martial Law in Mindanao as there was no actual rebellion happening and cited that it was unconstitutional.

‘No actual rebellion’

“Kailangan may nangyayaring actual na bakbakan, di lang squirmishes noh. So, again, babalik ka sa definition ng Constitution.” Aquino said in an ambush interview

The senator reiterated that Constitution clearly defines when to implement martial law – “nilagay nila yung actual na salita don po sa Konstitusyon para maging limitado talaga yung pag gamit ng martial law.”

Meanwhile, a US-based social media personality Edwin Jamora, who is also a staunched supporter of President Rodrigo Duterte’s administration, slammed the opposition senator.

A challenge to challenge Congress at the Supreme Court

In an open letter he posted on his Facebook account, Jamora noted that Aquino failed to mention that the Constitution also states that implementing martial law must be approved by the Congress.

“You conveniently omitted that the very Constitution that you are citing also says that Martial Law must be approved by Congress wherein Congress has just approved the second extension of Martial Law in Mindanao!” he said

“How you are sounding in your argument is no different from the fact that even the 1986 Constitution has a provision about anti-dynasty, no legislator from the post-Martial Law administrations especially you, have passed a law to operationalize the implementation of the anti-dynasty clause in the Constitution!’ Jamora added

Jamora also challenged Aquino to test his argument by challenging Congress’ approval of the second martial law extension in Mindanao before the Supreme Court.*

“The true test of your argument if indeed your position really has strong points and weight in law, is to challenge Congress approval of the second martial law in Mindanao at the Supreme Court. If you won't do it, then we all know that you are only barking.” He said

“Go Bam! Challenge the 2nd martial law in Mindanao at the Supreme Court!!!” he added

Congress Okayed martial law extension

On Wednesday, Congress – in a joint session – granted President Duterte’s request to extend martial law anew and suspend the writ of habeas corpus in Mindanao from January 1, 2019 to December 31, 2019.

A total of 235 members of Congress voted in favor of the martial law extension, while 28 thumbed it down and one abstained – after more than three hours of deliberations.

Meanwhile, the Senate voted 12-5 with one abstention, while House of Representatives voted 223 over 23, in favor of the extension.
 mother and her son (top photo) walk past a Simba armored personnel carrier (APC) parked outside the legislative building of Davao City, a common site in Mindanao/ photo from Manila Bulletin

Source: Edwin Jamora, Manila Bulletin