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Hindi kami nag-iisa! Lagman boasts of ‘kindred groups’ who share stand on joint session

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The opposition bloc in the House of Representatives (HOR) aren’t alone in their quest to challenge Congress’s non-holding of a joint session for the possible revocation of President Rodrigo Duterte’s Martial Law proclamation.

“Well, there are kindred groups who are meeting… Actually it started yesterday, to plan out a definitive course of action in the fact of the refusal of the leadership of the House and the Senate to comply with the constitutional mandate to convene in joint session and vote jointly,” Albay 1st district Rep. Edcel Lagman said in a press conference Tuesday, May 30.

Lagman and his fellow opposition politikos are of the opinion that Congress (HOR and Senate) is remiss in its constitutional duty to convene following Duterte’s submission of his Martial Law report.

House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez and Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III, both allies of Duterte’s, received the report in question last Thursday, May 25.

Lagman, a lawyer, reiterated the presence of a constitutional violation, thus the Supreme Court may step in and resolve it.

“If ever there is a petition to be filed, it would be with the Supreme Court. Well, I think political question cannot be raised because there is a grave constitutional violation on the part of the leadership of the House and of the Senate. There is a constitutional issue. We believe that it’s more than a political question,” he said.

Lagman added: “Maraming grupo ang gustong mag-file. Palagay ko each group may file their own but the SC may subsequently consolidate all these petitions.”