Opposition lawmakers to challenge martial law extension before Supreme Court

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Rep. Edcel Lagman

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 13) — Opposition lawmakers are not letting the third extension of martial law in Mindanao go by without a fight.

Albay Representative Edcel Lagman said they want the Supreme Court to resolve whether there is factual basis for the extension of martial law until the end of 2019 considering that the Marawi siege has ended.

He said while some may consider the filing of a petition against the extension an exercise in futility, he and his colleagues in the so-called "Magnificent 7" bloc want to bring their opposition to martial law before the Supreme Court.

"Yung pagdala ng petisyon [The raising of the petition] challenging the third extension of martial law and the suspension of the writ (of habeas corpus) this an option which we are considering, and it is very possible that we are going to file that petition before the Supreme Court," Lagman said

He said the situation in Mindanao does not reflect the events which necessitated the initial declaration of martial law in the area.

The so-called "Magnificent 7" groups Lagman, Representatives Egay Erice, Teddy Baguilat, Gary Alejano, Tom Villarin, Raul Daza, and Emmanuel Billiones.

Also speaking on the issue, Anakpawis Party list Representative Ariel Casilao said, "We will challenge the magistrate, the justices, the Supreme Court kung hanggang ganito ba papayagan nila ang pag-bastardize, hanggang ganito ba papayagan nila ang paglabag sa pinaka-esensya na probisyon ng ating Konstitusyon hinggil sa pagdedeklara at pag-eextend ng martial law?"

[Translation: We will challenge the magistrate, the justices, the Supreme Court if they will allow the bastardization, the breaking of the very essence of the Constitutional provision about the declaration and extension of martial law.]