Yesterday was historic because the unprecedented first joint session of Congress was held. Both members of the Senate and the House of Representatives convened for the first time in the history of Philippine politics to deliberate the merits of Arroyo’s surprising declaration of Martial Law in Maguindanáo.
But Arroyo wasn’t even there in the convention.
“Why is she not here? This is history. Does she not have the courtesy at all to report in person? We thought that with the President declaring martial law, the President herself should be here to explain to us,” asked Maguindanáo Rep. Didagen Dilangalen, his voice rising.
Together with fellow Maguindanáo Rep. Simeón Datumanong, Dilangalen said that they were the only lawmakers who were personally affected by Presidential Proclamation No. 1959.
Ms Arroyo issued the proclamation on Friday night to suppress a “rebellion in the offing” of disparate armed groups loyal to the Ampatuan clan, accused of masterminding the Nov. 23 killing of 57 people in Maguindanáo.
Since Friday’s proclamation read by Executive Secretary Eduardo Ermita, Ms Arroyo has not spoken one word about exercising her extraordinary martial law powers. She also has yet to face the press. Inquirer.net
Those who presided over yesterday’s historic session, House Speaker Próspero Nograles and Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile were quick to defend Arroyo. They claimed that she already complied with the constitutional requirements when she submitted her report to Congress 48 hours after she declared Martial Law in Maguindanáo on the night of December 4.
Heto lang ang masasabi co dian: Less talk, less mistake. Zero talk, no mistake.
Arroyo’s such a clever girl.