PALACE  VOWS  TO RESPECT  SC  DECISION ON COMPOSITION OF NBC

MALACANANG,  JUNE 4, 2004
(Office of Press Secretary)
Malacañang said today it would respect any Supreme Court decision on a petition filed by the political opposition questioning the composition of the National Board of Canvassers in Congress.

In his regular press briefing at the Palace, Presidential Spokesman Ignacio Bunye said the government is willing to accept any resolution from the high tribunal.

"We will await the decision of the Supreme Court and we know that the Supreme Court’s integrity is beyond question. We will respect whatever the Supreme Court decides," Bunye told reporters.

In a statement, however, Bunye chided the opposition for deliberate attempts to delay the canvassing of the votes for the presidential and vice presidential elections. He said the opposition was "setting a world record in stonewalling democracy" through their delaying tactics.

Bunye also said the Macapagal-Arroyo administration is still hoping that members of the opposition camps would come to their senses before they are completely alienated by the growing impatience of the people over the slow canvassing of the votes.

"We are confident that the opposition will never get away with their ploy to further derail the democratic process under the guise of raising constitutional issues before the high court," Bunye said.

In the same briefing, Bunye justified the facetious conduct of Compostela Valley Rep. Manuel Zamora, known among his colleagues as "Way Kurat" meaning no fear, during the canvassing process last Tuesday.

Zamora provided comic relief during the tense-filled canvassing by volunteering to personally carry the ballot boxes to the plenary hall, saying it would keep him awake during the proceeding which he described as "boring."

"It breaks the monotony. The good congressman is trying to be useful and helpful," Bunye said of Zamora’s gesture.


Reported by: Sol Jose Vanzi

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