Pinaliwanagan ni House Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas si Albay Rep. Edcel Lagman patungkol sa hinahanap nitong kopya ng joint resolution sa inaprubahang Martial Law extension sa Mindanao.
“The first extension granted by Congress will expire on December 31, 2017. Since this joint resolution will take effect only on January 1, 2018, there is no need to rush it like Rep. Lagman wishes for,” paglilinaw ni Fariñas.
Hindi aniya katulad ng panukalang batas na inaaprubahan ng Kongreso, ang isang Joint Resolution ay hindi na kinakailangan pang ipadala at aprubahan ng Pangulo.
“The Speaker and I have already signed the joint resolution and will be transmitted to our Senate counterparts for their signatures.
“Rep. Lagman may rest assured that the joint resolution will be duly enrolled before its effectivity on January 1, 2018,” dagdag ni Fariñas.
Pinuntirya ni Lagman kung nasaan na ang requisite joint resolution na nagpapalawig sa martial law sa Mindanao sa loob ng isa pang taon.
Nagtuturuan diumano ang secretariat ng House of Representatives at Senado patungkol sa enrolled copy ng joint resolution na naglalaman ng inaprubahang request ni Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte nitong Disyembre 13, 2017 para sa one-year extension ng martial law sa Mindanao.
“Asked for a copy of the joint resolution on December 20, 2017, Secretary General Cesar Pareja texted that his office is still coordinating with the Senate on the reconciled version of the Resolution. On the part of the Senate secretariat, Senate Secretary Lutgardo Barbo sent on December 21, 2017 the following text message: the House has not yet transmitted to us. Bills and Index was informed it was being routed for signature by House officials. It is now taking the House and Senate officials too long to prepare and enroll the requisite joint resolution,” pahayag ni Lagman.