MANILA-- The Supreme Court (SC) ordered the respondents to filed a comment on the two mandamus petitions asking the high court to order the Senate and the House of Representatives to convene in joint session and vote jointly on President Duterte's Proclamation 216 declaring martial law and suspending the writ of habeas corpus in Mindanao.
The two petitions were filed by separate groups led by former senators Rene Saguisag and Wigberto TaAada both seeking issuance of a mandamus that would compel Senate and the House of Representatives to convene jointly to review the declaration.
Named as respondents are Senate President Aquilino Koko L. Pimentel III and House Speaker Pantaleon D. Alvarez, both of whom are to be represented by the Office of the Solicitor-General (OSG).
The SC has consolidated the cases and ordered the solicitor general to also answer them.
Require(d) the respondent to comment on the petition within (a) non-extendible period of ten days from notice hereof, read the two-page order dated June 13 released by SC Public Information recently.
The SC, in the same order consolidated the two earlier filed petitions for mandamus asking the high court to compel Congress to convene and deliberate on Proclamation No. 216 or the declaration of martial law and suspension of the writ of habeas corpus in Mindanao.
President Rodrigo Roa Duterte issued Proclamation No. 216, on May 23 declaring a state of martial law and suspending the privilege of the writ of habeas corpus in the whole of Mindanao. This was a result of the attack of the Maute group in Marawi City, which is still ongoing and is subject to military operations.
On May 29, the Senate, voting 17-5, filed Resolution 388 not to revoke the declaration at this time while the House of Representatives issued its support to President Duterte's declaration on May 31.
Last Thursday (June 15), the Supreme Court ended the three-day oral arguments on the three consolidated petitions challenging the constitutionality of Duterte's proclamation of martial law in Mindanao.
The three consolidated petitions filed by opposition lawmakers led by Albay Rep. Edcel Lagman, local Mindanao leaders led by Lumad leader Eufemia Campos Cullamat and a group of women from Marawi led by Norkaya Mohamad, challenged the legality of Mr. Duterte's Proclamation No. 216 imposing a military rule and suspending the privilege of the writ of habeas corpus in Mindanao after terrorists occupied Marawi City on May 23.
As earlier set, the parties were required to submit their memoranda on or before Monday before the SC submits the case for resolution on or before July 5. (
Source: Philippines News Agency