Women's Cycling Editor/Bike Radar.
The Enduro World Series has been nothing if not dramatic thus far, and it looks like Round 4 in Wicklow, Ireland is continuing the trend.
After several days of sunny weather, the promise of the first dry round of the year was broken on Saturday when the heavens opened. While the skies are dry for race day, the trails most definitely are not, so expect some loose moves and dramatic crashes.
Meanwhile, down in the pits, BikeRadar has been scoping out the shiny bikes and tech ridden by the world’s best enduro riders. Have a look and a drool, we certainly have been!
The battle for number one
Photo: Greg Callaghan starts the race number 1 in the overall rankings, but Sam Hill isn't far behind
Greg Callaghan comes into the fourth round of the EWS fresh from a win at Madeira and with two previous wins in Ireland, and it being the home race for him it's fair to say there's a wee bit of pressure.
It's something that Callaghan certainly seems to be taking in his stride, however. "Pressure makes diamonds," he commented on-stage before setting off to rapturous applause.
Photo: A closer look at that amazing green, white and gold paint job on Greg Callaghan's Cube
Lauded in Ireland, Callaghan has had plenty of mainstream media attention with segments on RTE news, the national news network, and articles in broadsheets such as the Irish Independent.
The country is clearly very proud of its mountain biking son, so can he pull another win out of the bag here or is he chasing the overall title? After all, he ranks number one overall going into round four.
E-mountain bikes galore!
Photo: Notice anything unusual about this e-MTB?
E-MTBs are a common sight at EWS rounds, as they're pretty darn useful for media and organisers for getting in and around the different stages.
This plush looking beast is owned by Claus Wachsmann, the Cube team manager. Take a closer look and you might notice a few unusual features... not least the different size wheels: 29 up front, 27.5 at the back.
Photo: While it's most certainly not being ridden by the racers, Lapierre was showing off it's new e-MTB
Cube wasn't the only brand showing off an e-bike. The new Lapierre Overvault AM600 was attracting a fair bit of attention too.
Photo: While the battery is currently supplied by Bosch, we wonder what that interesting shaped down tube has been designed to accommodate?
It's got a carbon frame, and while it's currently powered by a Bosch motor and battery, there's an interesting looking space on the down tube — what might be in store for filling that?
Plenty of new bikes too
Photo: Santa Cruz rider Mark Scott... and is there something different about that Hightower?
Mark Scott and the Santa Cruz team have some of the brightest bikes on the hill, but there seems to be something interesting going on with the Hightower.
Photo: Moto foam should help stop mud clogging up the works
Apart form the moto foam, which will hopefully keep the mud at bay, there seems to be no sign of the usual dual geometry options on the rocker link. New longer travel Hightower perhaps?
Photo: Anita Gehrig and Caroline Gehrig on shiny new Ibis HD4s
Also spotted was the the new Ibis HD4 enduro bike, ridden by Anita and Caroline Gehrig, and team.
Longer, slacker, more aggressive and with a lower bottom bracket and standover; it's clearly appreciated by the riders.
By Saba Hamedy, CNN
Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump's daughter faced backlash after her lifestyle brand's Twitter account -- "IvankaTrumpHQ" -- gave what some considered an insensitive Memorial Day holiday tip.
MANILA, Philippines – Filipino Olympian Ian Lariba has been diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia, according to an official statement from the De La Salle University Office of Sports Development on Tuesday morning, May 30.
The announcement, released via the office's official Twitter account, came just a couple of days after calls for blood donations for the UAAP table tennis star came pouring in on social media. Lariba is expected to undergo treatment this week, the statement added.
Anyone wishing to extend financial assistance to Lariba may do so by following instructions detailed on the above statement.
Blood donations may also be made by Type O positive donors through the St. Luke's Medical Center Quezon City blood bank. Full details below.
The 22-year-old Lariba competed for the Philippines in the 2016 Rio Olympics and has dominated the UAAP in table tennis, finishing her collegiate career undefeated. She was one of the 4 co-winners for the UAAP Season 78 Athlete of the Year award and was a 3-time UAAP Most Valuable Player as well.
Read Rappler's profile of Lariba prior to the Rio Games here. – Rappler.com
The resolution expresses “the sense of the Senate, supporting Proclamation No. 216 dated May 23, 2017 entitled ‘Declaring a state of martial law and suspending the privilege of the writ of habeas corpus in the whole of Mindanao’ and finding no cause to revoke the same.”
The six minority members are Senators Franklin Drilon, Francis Pangilinan, Bam Aquino, Risa Hontiveros, Antonio Trillanes IV, and Leila de Lima, who has been detained at Camp Crame in Quezon City over drug charges.
The New York Post
A group of New Jersey eighth-grade students schooled House Speaker Paul Ryan over his unwillingness to critique President Trump.
About half of the more than 200 students from South Orange Middle School refused to pose for a photo with Ryan during a school trip to Washington, DC, last Thursday.
Matthew Malespina, 13, who waited across the street with other classmates declining to be in the picture with the Wisconsin Republican, said the school informed them the night before of the photo op on the Capitol steps.
“I was like, ‘Oh God, I’m not taking a picture with this man.’ I first texted my mom because my mom hates Paul Ryan as well,” Matthew told The Post on Sunday. “And I was saying to her, ‘Oh God, I can’t do this. I can’t take a picture with him.’ She said that was completely fine, just be respectful.”
Being in the photo wasn’t mandatory, Matthew said, so he was surprised by the number of students who agreed to turn out because of the lack of support among the students for Trump.
“Our school is pretty liberal. I only know three Trump supporters in our grade and there’s a lot people in our grade. So it’s fairly liberal. [Teachers] knew that a lot of people didn’t like Paul Ryan,” he said. “But they gave us the option. I was shocked by the number of people who wanted to join me and my friends to not take a picture of him. It was like half the grade.”
His mom, Elissa Malespina, said she’s proud of her son for standing up for his principles.
“I am proud of him that he chose to not do that and I am proud he did so in a respectful manner,” she told The Post. “Yes, he [Ryan] is the third-most powerful person in the nation, technically, but I don’t agree with his stance on a lot of things and neither does my child.”
Children that age “have the ability to make choices,” Elissa Malespina said of standing by her son’s decision, “and to make educated choices and they are not indoctrinated by their parents. And they have a good understanding of what’s going on in society. I respect children who chose to take a picture with him and also kids who don’t.”
Asked about her disagreements with Ryan, she quipped, “I don’t think we have enough time.”
But she ticked off her main gripes: not enough support for public education and library funding, the GOP health care plan that could mean 23 million fewer Americans without insurance, and his stance on LGBTQ rights.
“I have pre-existing conditions. My son has pre-existing conditions. My husband has pre-existing conditions that under this new law if my husband or I lose our jobs we might not be able to get health care, and that’s scary,” she said.
Ryan, who helped shepherd Trump’s plan to repeal and replace ObamaCare through the House, recently shrugged off the burgeoning investigations into the White House’s possible ties to Russia and the idea that the president referring to ousted FBI Director James Comey as a “nut job”could harm the GOP majority in Congress.
“Blah, blah, blah, blah, blah is what I say about that stuff,” Ryan said during a recent radio interview.
Matthew said Ryan “probably” didn’t understand that half the kids were across the street peacefully protesting, and he was bothered that the speaker still posted a picture with the students on Instagram, titled “Got that #FridayFeeling.”
”I was disgusted. What he wrote was hilarious. He’s [with] a bunch of people who don’t really like him and says ‘I got that Friday Feeling.’ And that’s what I was really annoyed about it. If he realized a lot of people didn’t take a picture of him and most people in that picture didn’t like him, which is kind of ironic,” Matthew said.
A spokesman for Ryan said the speaker “always appreciates the opportunity to welcome students to the Capitol.”
Dutchman reclaims maglia rosa in Milan time trial
by By Barry Ryan/Cycling News
Tom Dumoulin (Sunweb) was not receiving time gaps in his earpiece, he must have had a fair idea that he was winning the Giro d'Italia. Turning a mammoth gear of 58x11 as he left the start gate in Monza, he composed crisp lines through the early bends of the concluding time trial with the concision of Piet Mondrian.
Dumoulin began the day in fourth place overall, 53 seconds off race leader Nairo Quintana (Movistar), and he knew that he needed to peg back a shade more than 1.8 seconds per kilometre if he was to divest the Colombian of the maglia rosa. By the first time check, Dumoulin was gaining on Quintana at a rate of 3.5 seconds per kilometre. Come the second checkpoint after 17.4 kilometres, he was the virtual race leader. By then, he was already receiving orders not to take undue risks on the final run-in to the stage 21 finish in Milan.
On crossing the finish line in Piazza Duomo, Dumoulin was ushered swiftly to the podium area, which stood in the shadow of the mighty cathedral. The beaming faces of the Sunweb support staff that greeted him told him that the Giro was his, and Dumoulin broke into a broad smile as he freewheeled to a halt.
Dumoulin's blood ran cold, however, when he retired to a tent behind the rostrum to watch on television as his rivals finish their time trials. As Quintana rattled across tram lines on the entry to Milan, the on-screen graphics erroneously suggested his deficit in the virtual general classification was a mere three seconds. Dumoulin's features tightened into a picture of concern as he processed the information.
Only when Quintana entered the final kilometre could Dumoulin accept that all was true: He had indeed won the Giro d'Italia. Second place in the time trial gave Dumoulin overall victory, 31 seconds clear of Quintana and 40 ahead of Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida).
"I didn't know any time gaps, because I just wanted to focus on my own TT. Then I spoke to my sports director, and he told me not to take risks anymore in the corners. He said that already at halfway, and then in the last kilometres he told me to be really safe," Dumoulin said. "When I crossed the line, everybody told me, 'You've won, you've won.' But then I looked at the TV and the gap was only three seconds, and I was so angry with everyone. 'How can you say I've won it?' And I'd already celebrated too ... But eventually it all came good."
After the podium ceremonies had finally been completed, Dumoulin, now safely reacquainted with the maglia rosa, took a seat in the mixed zone and munched on a slice of pizza. "My mom just bought it in some shop here," he explained. "I'm having a little bit of a hunger flat." As a scrum of reporters formed around Dumoulin, Sunweb press officer Peter Reef stood at a discreet remove, holding the Trofeo Senza Fine for safekeeping.
Dumoulin's Giro will perhaps forever be remembered for his abrupt toilet stop at the base of the Umbrailpass on stage 16, but the Dutchman was able to make light of the incident even when it seemed as though it might cost him final overall victory. Through the final week, some tifosi took to waving rolls of toilet paper at Dumoulin as he rode past, a gesture he accepted with laughter.
"I've still made history by shitting in the wood but now in a positive way," Dumoulin said on Sunday. "I will go down in the history books for winning the Giro after pooping in the woods, it's quite amazing."
Levity aside, that day on the Stelvio was, despite the time conceded to Quintana and Nibali, the moment Dumoulin realised that he had the ability to win the Giro. Although he had won atop Oropa in the wake of his victory in the Montefalco time trial, his athletic performance on the Giro's tappone was perhaps the most startling of an already remarkable sequence.
"I lost only two minutes in the last 30k – well, actually only 40 seconds after my incident, so after that, I thought, 'Maybe I'm better than I thought,'" Dumoulin said. "It was still a long way, but I knew there was still the time trial too."
After coming within a mountain pass and a half of claiming the 2015 Vuelta a España, Dumoulin marked himself out as a potential Grand Tour winner, but he lined up for this Giro among the second tier of favourites, behind men like Nibali, Quintana and Thibaut Pinot (FDJ). As the race progressed, however, it soon became clear that Dumoulin was, at times, simply on another level.
Only in the succession of high mountain stages in the final week did he begin to show signs of weakness, conceding the pink jersey to Quintana at Piancavallo on Friday, but with the grand finale in Milan to come, Dumoulin remained poised to become only the third Dutchman to win a Grand Tour, after Jan Janssen and Joop Zoetemelk.
"No, I never expected to win the Giro," Dumoulin admitted softly. "Maybe somewhere in the future, maybe one time with a lot of luck or whatever, but not this year. I would have been very happy with a place in the top ten. If I had done that, then I would have been very happy with how I coped with it."
Janssen and Zoetemelk won two Grand Tours apiece, claiming the Vuelta a España in 1967 and 1979, respectively, with each proceeding to win the Tour de France the year after their Vuelta victories. This year, with Dumoulim, Bauke Mollema and Steven Kruijswijk all featuring in the Giro, the Netherlands press has decamped en masse to Italy. In 2018, one can expect the Dutch love affair with the Tour to blossom all over again.
Dumoulin, however, had other priorities on Sunday evening, as shadows began to lengthen over Piazza Duomo. "Next up is beer, barbecue. That's my future," Dumoulin said. "Beyond that, I'm not thinking."
MANILA, May 29, 2017 – The countdown to the opening of Warner Bros. Pictures’ Wonder Woman cannot be any faster, but die-hard fans are in for a treat as the studio has announced midnight previews on June 1 at 12:01AM in selected cinemas in Metro Manila and regional cities.
Fans are advised to reserve and buy their tickets now to be among the first in the world to watch Wonder Woman.
In Metro Manila, midnight screenings are confirmed to be held in Glorietta 4, Greenbelt 3, Trinoma, S’ Maison, SM Aura, SM Bacoor, SM BF, SM Bicutan, SM Fairview, SM Light Mall, SM Mall of Asia, SM Marilao, SM Megamall, SM Molino, SM North EDSA, SM Southmall, Robinsons Magnolia, Powerplant, Century, CommerCenter, Eastwood, Evia, Fisher’s Mall, Gateway, Newport, Starmall Alabang, Starmall EDSA, Starmall Las Pinas, Starmall San Jose, Vista Mall Sta. Rosa, Vista Mall Taguig, Uptown and Venice Cineplex.
Moviegoers in the provinces may watch in SM Baguio, SM Clark, SM Naga, SM Pampanga, Vista Bataan, Vista Pampanga and SM Cebu.
For the updated list, fans may check with their favorite cinemas.
Gal Gadot returns as the title character in the epic action adventure Wonder Woman from director Patty Jenkins.
Joining Gadot in the international cast are Chris Pine, Robin Wright, Danny Huston, David Thewlis, Connie Nielsen, Elena Anaya, Ewen Bremner, Lucy Davis, Lisa Loven Kongsli, Eugene Brave Rock and Saïd Taghmaoui.
Before she was Wonder Woman, she was Diana, princess of the Amazons, raised on a sheltered island paradise and trained to be an unconquerable warrior. When an American pilot crashes on their shores and tells of a massive conflict raging in the outside world, Diana leaves her home, convinced she can stop the threat. Fighting alongside man in a war to end all wars, Diana will discover her full powers…and her true destiny.
Patty Jenkins directed the film from a screenplay by Allan Heinberg, story by Zack Snyder & Allan Heinberg and Jason Fuchs, based on characters from DC. Wonder Woman was created by William Moulton Marston.
“Diana is set apart from most comic book superheroes by her gender, but it’s her approach to justice that I believe really makes her unique,” Gal Gadot claims. “She not only wants to rid the world of evil by taking out the bad guys, she also wants to encourage men and women to be the best human beings they can be, and she does this through love, hope and grace.”
Patty Jenkins agrees, further stating, “If only we could all see the world the way Diana does. She sees the great darkness, but also looks beyond that to what mankind is capable of: great beauty. She also has the powers of a god, a heart filled with compassion, and we wanted to give her a rich and layered and fun story to tell that everyone can connect with. It’s just a great adventure that I hope fans—old and new—will love!”
Opening across the Philippines on Thursday, June 01, “Wonder Woman” is distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.
Second degree cousins Vianca Pearl I. Amores and Marianito Jesus B. Del Rio (contributed photo)
By: Michelle Joy L. Padayhag/http://cebudailynews.inquirer.net
Vianca Pearl I. Amores and Marianito Jesus B. Del Rio are second degree cousins. They also graduated from the same school, University of San Carlos, taking up the same course, accountancy.
Their likeness did not stop there. They took the Certified Public Accountant ((CPA) Licensure Examination at the same time and, as luck would have it, both landed in the top ten, sharing the top spot.
Amores and Del Rio, who both ranked first place with a rating of 92.67 percent, are among the nine graduates from USC and University of San Jose Recoletos who made it to the top ten of the May 2017 CPA licensure exam.
“I have every reason to be happy with both us sharing the top one position. We share they same wishes and goals,” Amores told Cebu Daily News partly in Cebuano.
Amores, 20, a native of Barangay Bankal, Lapu-Lapu City, graduated Summa Cum Laude last April 2017.
Amores is the second of three children of Lapu-Lapu City Councilor Ricardo Amores.
Del Rio, on the other hand, graduated Magna Cum Laude during the same graduation rites in USC.
Four other graduates of USC also made it to the top ten successful examinees.
They are Jessa Bermudo, who ranked second with an average of 92.50 percent; Alyanna Kate Buenavista and Maaku Wamar Saito, who both ranked fourth with an average rating of 91.83 percent; and Cristiemay Vertudazo, who ranked tenth with an aversge rating of 90 percent.
Three graduates from USJR also landed in the top ten: Harold Pacaña, who ranked sixth with an average rating of 91 percent; Marie Claire Cortes and Jessele Ann Echavez, who shared the seventh spot with an average rating of 90.67 percent.
The achievements by USC and USJR graduates in the CPA licensure exams came in the heels of the victory of Karen Mar Calam, a graduate of the USC Law school, who landed number one in the Bar exams, considered as the toughest licensure examinations in the country.
The House of Representatives' good government committee on Monday issued a subpoena against Ilocos Norte Gov. Imee Marcos after failing to appear again in the panel’s probe on the allegedly irregular use of the province’s tobacco funds.
Marcos has so far missed two hearings of the committee, which is looking into the purchase of P66.45 million worth of motor vehicles using the province’s shares in excise tax from tobacco.
Monday’s hearing is the third day of the inquiry. Marcos has been invited to attend the proceedings twice.
The governor is on “medical sick leave,” officials have told the committee.
The motion, unanimously approved by the committee, was made after panel chair Surigao del Sur 2nd District Rep. Johnny Pimentel noted that under House rules, they can move to issue the subpoena, given Marcos’ absence.
Vicente Lazo, a member of Ilocos Norte’s Sangguniang Panlalawigan, has manifested that he has with him a letter from the governor.
The committee did not allow Lazo, who is also appearing as a resource person, to read the letter, reiterating that such letter was not made under oath.
Pimentel noted that they may only allow such if there is an official letter from Marcos citing Lazo as her authorized representative.
Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas, who filed the resolution seeking the inquiry, noted that the they “cannot have testimonies here which are not under oath.”
“It will pollute and contaminate our records because it’s not under oath and you know that,” said Fariñas, former governor of the province.
“Even if it were an affidavit and she cannot be cross-examined with that affidavit, it will still be hearsay. We cannot allow [that]. We have other witnesses … We will be giving the opportunity, we can wait for her in July and she can testify under oath,” he added.
Fariñas, who has been both an ally and rival to the Marcoses, had tagged the governor in the “highly irregular” use of funds.
In the letter—which Ilocos Norte officials read before members of the media after the hearing last May 16—Marcos said she wishes to seek “clarification on important matters of concern” about the inquiry.
The governor asked about technicalities in the inquiry, including whether it also covered other Virginia tobacco-producing provinces, and what the committee intends to amend in R.A. 7171, noting that the hearings were being done "in aid of legislation."
Moreover, she said calling the transactions "highly irregular" was "unfair and unwarranted," and defended the said purchase.
She said assertion made in Fariñas' resolution was "ironic and most unkind" to Ilocos Norte's tobacco farmers and the provincial government. —ALG, GMA News
What is assigned to Congress is not just a discretion to revoke or not to revoke President Duterte's martial law declaration but a positive duty to review it
by Emil Marañon III
There has been a chorus of demands from the public for President Rodrigo Duterte to disclose the “factual basis” of his declaration of martial law. He, however, has no constitutional obligation to publicly disclose this in full – vague and generic reasons to assuage public curiosity, yes, but not sensitive information, which could potentially put in danger not only the success of the operation but also the lives of our soldiers fighting on the ground.
The President, however, has a duty to fully disclose his factual basis to Congress, which, under the Constitution, has the automatic duty to revoke, validate, or extend the period of martial law. Thus, to properly decide on the propriety of the declaration, it is essential that all members of Congress – both the House of Representatives and the Senate – have to be informed of the full basis of the declaration so that they can properly decide their course of action.
President Rodrigo Duterte issued Proclamation Number 216 is the second martial law declaration in the post-dictatorial Philippines, the first being the 8-day martial law declared by former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo in the province of Maguindanao on December 4, 2009, after the infamous Ampatuan Massacre. Duterte's proclamation declares a state of martial law and the suspension of the privilege of the writ of habeas corpus in the Mindanao group of islands for a period not exceeding 60 days.
After a martial law declaration, Article VII Section 18 of the 1987 Constitution requires that the following procedure should be done:
Within 48 hours from the proclamation of martial law or the suspension of the privilege of the writ of habeas corpus, the President shall submit a report in person or in writing to Congress.
Congress, if not in session, shall, within 24 hours following such proclamation or suspension, convene in accordance with its rules without need of a call.
“The Congress, voting jointly, by a vote of at least a majority of all its Members in regular or special session,may revoke such proclamation or suspension, which revocation shall not be set aside by the President. Upon the initiative of the President, the Congress may, in the same manner, extend such proclamation or suspension for a period to be determined by the Congress, if the invasion or rebellion shall persist and public safety requires it.”
President Duterte’s written report to Congress was handed to Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III and House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez on May 25, during a special Cabinet meeting in Davao City. While the submission of the President’s written report complied with the 48-hour requirement in the Constitution, the House of Representatives, through Majority Leader Rudy Fariñas, announced that since the President intends to “send [his] report to Congress in writing…there will be no need for [Congress] to convene tomorrow (May 25) or Friday (May 26).” (READ: No joint session on martial law? Congress 'shields' Duterte)
The nature of this convening requirement has fortunately already been passed upon by the Supreme Court in Fortun vs. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo (GR Number 190293, March 20, 2012), the suit involving the constitutionality of the aforementioned Maguindanao martial law.
In the case, the Supreme Court characterized Congress’ power to revoke and extend a martial law declaration as an “automatic duty to review and validate or invalidate.” These operative words must be noted: “automatic duty” and “review.”
First, the power of Congress is in the nature of a “review,” meaning the authority to re-examine, revise, or consider for purposes of correction (Black's Law Dictionary). This would translate to Congress’ authority to pass upon the declaration so that, in the end, it can invalidate, validate, or extend the same.
In contrast with the Supreme Court’s power of review, which is confined to the “sufficiency of the factual basis,” the scope of Congress’ review is fuller and unfettered, covering not just its factual basis, but its propriety, proportionality, and even its plain wisdom.
Thus, in the Maguindanao Martial Law case, the court noted that, under the 1987 Constitution, the power to proclaim martial law or suspend the privilege of the writ is no longer the sole and exclusive prerogative of the President, but now exercised “in tandem” with Congress, “sequentially” and “jointly.” Sequentially and jointly because “after the President has initiated the proclamation or the suspension, only the Congress can maintain the same based on its own evaluation of the situation on the ground, a power that the President does not have.”
File photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler
File photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler
Second, the review of Congress of the President’s martial law declaration is an “automatic duty.” This means that what was assigned to Congress was not just a discretion to revoke or not to revoke, but a positive duty to review. This would mean the duty to summon evidence on the factual basis, examine them, and, in the end, make its own independent judgement on the propriety of the declaration.
And the review is automatic, because no one needs to file anything to trigger the review powers of Congress. By the mandate of the Constitution, Congress has to instantaneously convene when it is in session, or within 24 hours following the proclamation or suspension if it is not in session, without need of a call.
The matter of revoking a martial law declaration is one of the strange scenarios in the 1987 Constitution where the members of the House of Representatives and the Senate are voting “jointly.” I say strange in the sense that the 24 incumbent senators would be mixed with 292 members of the House of Representatives during voting, rendering the Senate virtually irrelevant.
In the Maguindanao Martial Law case, the Supreme Court ruled that Congress’ power to review a martial law declaration takes precedence over its (SC's) own review. While some justices dissented and asserted that the Supreme Court’s power to review is independent from Congress, the majority went on to rule the following:
“Only when Congress defaults in its express duty to defend the Constitution through such review should the Supreme Court step in as its final rampart.
If the Congress procrastinates or altogether fails to fulfill its duty respecting the proclamation or suspension within the short time expected of it, then the Court can step in, hear the petitions challenging the President’s action, and ascertain if it has a factual basis.”
Would this mean that those who intend to question a martial declaration before the Supreme Court have to wait for Congress to be in default before they can do so? When exactly can we say that Congress is already in the state of procrastination or that it already failed to fulfil its duty? Does the failure of Congress to convene within 24 hours (as in the case of the present Congress) already qualify as procrastination? These are confusingly vague standards that the Supreme Court can hopefully clarify, if not further redefine, in the future.
Now that martial law has been in place in Mindanao and the President has sent his report, the ball is in the hands of Congress and the Supreme Court, which, under the Constitution, are tasked to keep the President’s power in check. It must be recalled that the Marcos martial law came to be, along with its horrors, precisely because these two other great branches of government failed us. Congress handed its full powers to Marcos in a silver platter and the Supreme Court coalesced with the dictator. In their failure, the country burned to the ground and until now we still struggle to pick ourselves up from those ashes.
Today, we look up to them again, Congress and the Supreme Court, hoping that this time they will be on our side. – Rappler.com
Emil Marañon III is an election lawyer who served as chief of staff of former Comelec Chairman Sixto Brillantes Jr. He completed his LLM in Human Rights, Conflict and Justice at SOAS, University of London, as a Chevening scholar.