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Lagman: Martial law extension a ‘congressional Christmas gift’ for Duterte

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Albay first-district Rep. Edcel Lagman described the Congress vote authorizing the one-year extension of martial law in Mindanao as a “rampage of pro-Duterte solons.”

“The supermajority in the House of Representatives and in the Senate acceded baselessly and with alacrity to President Rodrigo Duterte’s request for a one-year extension of martial law in Mindanao,” he said.

The Magnificent 7 lawmaker said the prolonged extension was a “congressional Christmas gift to Duterte even as it placed in jeopardy civil liberties and the rule of law.”

“The making of a ‘momentous’ decision was confined to a few hours while the extension would endure for 8,760 hours in the whole of 2018 in Mindanao,” Lagman said.

He added, “Those who voted with undue haste for the extension failed to realize that rebellion is neither a state of mind nor a state of fear. It must be actual, not contrived.”