Tom Villarin chides Duterte for submitting martial law report in Davao

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“Nilipat na ba Kongreso sa Davao?”

Akbayan Party-list Rep. Tom Villarin could not understand why President Rodrigo Duterte submitted his report on his declaration of Martial Law in Mindanao in Davao City.

Touching on technicalities, the politiko said the Constitution requires that the report be submitted to Congress. But what the President did instead was to submit the report to House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez and Senate President Aquiilino “Kiko” Pimentel III in Davao, where they were meeting to discuss the situation in light of the Marawi siege.

Duterte had to submit the papers on Thursday night to beat the two-day requirement of the law. But for Villarin, there’s something wrong.

The House is in Batasan Complex, Quezon City while the Senate is in Pasay.