Senate backs martial law, junks call to convene joint session

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Senators discuss on Tuesday resolutions in relation to martial law in the south.

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 30) — There will be no more joint congressional session to tackle the declaration of martial law in Mindanao after senators gave the thumbs down to a resolution calling for such a move on Tuesday evening.

Voting 12-9, the senators junked the resolution to convene both houses of Congress to tackle and vote on the martial law proclamation made by President Rodrigo Duterte last week in relation to the ongoing Marawi crisis.

As expected, minority senators were the ones who were supportive of a joint session, namely: Franklin Drilon, Kiko Pangilinan, Bam Aquino, Sonny Trillanes, and Risa Hontiveros.

Earlier in the evening, the senators had approved and adopted another resolution expressing support for martial law in the south, voting 17-5, with the same minority lawmakers opposing it. The day before, majority of the senators also expressed support for the resolution, saying martial law in the south was "satisfactory, constitutional, and in accordance with the law" — with 15 of them signing the document.

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Convening a joint session of Congress was the crux of the day's discussion at the Senate as lawmakers needed to wrap up the matter before Congress goes into recess after tomorrow, Wednesday — although Senate President Koko Pimentel had previously said that they could extend session until Friday if it would be necessary.

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A resolution has also been filed at the House of Representatives, also calling for a joint session of Congress.

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CNN Philippines' Cecille Lardizabal contributed to this report.

This story was updated on May 31 to add the graphics of how the senators voted.