This is another proof that the Judiciary has been "co-opted" or "captured" by the Duterte regime.
This new SC ruling adopts the Duterte position that Congress needs to convene on in a joint session only if it wishes to "revoke or extend" the martial law proclamation.
If it "agrees" with the proclamation, Congress may simply pass around a piece of paper (what the late Joker Arroyo called the "signing of a toilet paper" routine) among its super majority coalition members to "ratify" the proclamation.
No need for transparent, open, public and intelligent deliberations and debates to ascertain the truth behind the proclamation and to educate the general public about its implications and consequences.
This erroneous and bad precedent is conducive to the ultimate destruction of our democratic system.
There is now a dangerous, creeping and silent trend among weak and unprincipled jurists to surrender their constitutional independence to the Executive and his coalition of mercenaries in the Legislative.
The dark days of the Marcosian Martial Law Regime are back and alive.
Thank Duterte for this phenomenon.