‘Murder raps may be buried’

Rebellion could be way out for clan, says Gordon

MANILA, Philippines — Rebellion can be a defense against murder charges.

Sen. Richard Gordon declared on the second day of the joint session of Congress that was convened to deliberate on the declaration of martial law in Maguindanao province.

The joint session of Congress may revoke or support the martial law proclamation by a simple majority vote, or 147 votes.

The session adjourned at 9:30 p.m. It will resume on Monday, Dec. 14, at 4 p.m.

Other senators warned that the imposition of martial law could exonerate the Ampatuans from their involvement in the massacre of 57 people in the province on Nov. 23 because of warrantless arrests and seizures.

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