Constitutional commission has no power to amend the Constitution – Senator Drilon

admin   •   August 11, 2017   •   4484

The constitutional commission has no power to amend the Constitution. Only Congress is authorized to do so through con-ass or a constitutional convention.

This was the statement of Senate Minority Floor Leader Franklin Drilon on the issue of amending the Constitution as suggested by President Rodrigo Duterte.

The president wants to create a constitutional commission composed of 24 members because the chief executive believes, a constitutional convention will cost the government billions of pesos.

“Constitutional convention is costly. Now do not tell me, that the composition of that constitutional body would be wiser or be more honest, not protecting any or no vested interest,” said Pres. Duterte.

Drilon explained con-comm is only a recommendatory body and its recommendations will still undergo Congress’ debates.

But according to Malacañang, the leadership of Congress has already expressed support to the creation of a constitutional body who will draft the amendments.

Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella said, “The president and leaders of Congress have expressed support for a constitutional commission to assist in drafting amendments and several groups have already been conducting research on/ for Federalism presidential and parliamentary system.”

The proposed amendment to the Constitution by a constituent assembly is now progressing in the Lower House.

Congress is likely to convene as Constituent Assembly (Con-Ass) in 2018. — Nel Maribojoc | UNTV News & Rescue

Duterte takes blame for lack of vaccine supply in early 2021

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 12, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—President Rodrigo Duterte has taken the blame for the Philippines’ vaccine shortage in the early months of 2021.

During his weekly public address on Monday evening (October 11), Duterte lamented that it was difficult to get vaccines back then especially when the country has no vaccine manufacturing company. He said that the country had to fight with other nations just to get supplies.

Duterte added that he deserves the blame since he is the one seated in office.

Iyan ang nakabigay ng problema sa akin at kung mayroon man nagkasala diyan, aminin ko na lang. Kasi wala rin ako magawa, gusto ko bumili, wala naman ako mabilihan,” he said.

However, the chief executive said the vaccine supply in the country has improved which helped bring down the number of cases.

He reported that the weekly average of new COVID-19 cases has dropped to less than 10,000 while the current reproduction rate of the virus has gone down to .77 percent.

“If we continue to ramp up the vaccination of our people, along with our consistent practice of mask and there is gradual resumption of our economic activities, then we can hope for a better and truly merry Christmas,” he said. AAC

Duterte to prepare his ICC defense once he steps down

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 5, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday (October 4) said he will prepare his defense for the International Criminal Court’s (ICC) investigation after he steps down from office.

The Chief Executive made the statement during his regular public address on Monday night. He also appealed to the ICC and investigators not to lie and fabricate evidence.

Sa maraming dada ng dada ng kaso, hintayin ko kayo. I will prepare for my defense na iyong ICC na iyan. Huwag lang kayong magsinungaling(To those who keep bringing up the case, I will prepare my defense for the ICC. Just don’t lie.)” he said.

Hindi ko kayo tinatakot, huwag niyo ako dayain sa ebidensiya, (I am not intimidating you, just do not fabricate evidence against me),” the president added.

Duterte once again assured policemen and other local authorities of his protection as long as they obey the law.

Meanwhile, the president maintained his stand that the ICC has no jurisdiction over the Philippines.

May sarili kaming judicial system dito. Huwag kayong makialam. At saka sinabi ko (We have our own judicial system. Do not interfere. And I did say) you never acquired jurisdiction over my person,” Duterte said. AAC

 

Piñol to run for senator, resigns from MinDA

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 4, 2021

MANILA, Philippines— Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) Secretary Emmanuel Piñol has resigned from his post to vie for a senatorial seat in the 2022 national elections.

In a Facebook post, Piñol announced that he has tendered his resignation which will take effect on October 5.

Piñol served as the Department of Agriculture (DA) Secretary from June 30, 2016 to August 5, 2019 and as chairman of the MinDA from August 5, 2019 to October 5, 2021.

“I have reached a decision to vie for a seat in the Philippine Senate to pursue my advocacy to help the Filipino farmers and fishermen become more productive while at the same time ensuring food security and economic prosperity in the country,” he said in his post.

The official added that friends have pledged their support by lending vehicles and volunteering to print tarps and campaign in the field. He will run under the Nationalist People’s Coalition (NPC) and will pursue programs for farmers and boost the country’s agriculture.

“Our mission is clear and precise: Let us turn the Philippines into a major producer in Agriculture and Fisheries in this part of the world while at the same time create income and job opportunities so that our loved ones do not have to leave home to find work abroad,” Piñol said. AAC

 

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