PNoy GETS BACK-HANDED COMPLIMENT

THE survivors of super typhoon “Yolanda” may be hungrier and poorer, but they have also become better people after learning to rely on themselves instead of the promises of a “criminally negligent” government, the People Surge movement said on Tuesday. “Thanks to the Aquino administration, we are poorer [and] hungrier, but better and stronger people,” People Surge convenor Sr. Edita Eslopor said at a press conference in Quezon City. Photo: No to Gang of Five. Members of the People Surge alliance, led by Sister Edita Eslopor, thumb down what they called the ‘Gang of Five’ in a briefing in Quezon City. Retired bishop Deogracias Yñiguez also appeared at the briefing to support the victims of super typhoon Yolanda. Eslopor said Yolanda victims blamed what they called the “Gang of Five” for not only failing to deliver basic government services to people in dire need, but also managed to make life harder for them. She said the Gang of Five consisted of President Aquino, Interior Secretary Mar Roxas, Social Welfare Secretary Corazon Soliman, Energy Secretary Jericho Petilla and Presidential Assistant for Rehabilitation and Reconstruction Panfilo Lacson. “The Aquino government’s response after Yolanda has been illusory. Its key officials for relief, rehabilitation and reconstruction have done their very best to disappoint,” said the Benedictine nun who rose to prominence for leading the fight of the disaster’s survivors.

ALSO: Palace ready for China backlash

The government is prepared for any backlash from its move to question in the United Nations China’s territorial claims in the West Philippine Sea, but Manila’s ties with Beijing remains the same, Malacañang said on Wednesday. Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said the Philippines was upholding its interest when it submitted its memorandum to the UN arbitral tribunal on Sunday questioning China’s claim over nearly the entire South China Sea, including waters within the Philippines’ 370-kilometer exclusive economic zone (EEZ) called West Philippine Sea. Coloma said, however, that the Philippines’ relations with China should not be based on the dispute over territories in the West Philippine Sea. He said, “When our President visited the People’s Republic of China in 2011, he said this: ‘The totality of Philippine-People’s Republic of China relations is not defined by the West Philippine Sea.” Coloma explained: “In our country’s view, our relations with the People’s Republic of China have a history that is based on friendship and cooperation. And there are many areas where both countries can promote cooperation and friendship.” “That is why we can’t say that the issue of the West Philippine Sea should be the basis for our relations with the People’s Republic of China,” he added. Based on principles. “Our foreign policy is based on principles, and we’re not swayed by [scenarios],” Coloma said when asked about possible backlash from the filing of the memorandum despite China’s warning that it would damage relations between the two countries. But should there be an economic backlash, Coloma said the government would protect the national interest, including the economy.

ALSO: Is Aquino hotheaded or just hot for reforms?

Force of habit? President Benigno Aquino III was in his element again on Tuesday, lambasting at least two officials over their conduct and performance. When the President starts his speech explaining why he has no teleprompter, expect heads to roll. He’ll most likely complain about his speechwriter or a public official or both. While he sometimes doesn’t name his targets, expect the blind item to be about someone recently making headlines. Is it a shame campaign similar to that of the Bureau of Internal Revenue? Is the President a hotheaded fellow? Or does he just want to set an example? On Tuesday (April 1, 2014), Aquino hit two birds with one stone when he alluded to Senior Superintended Conrad Capa, who he chastised for complaining about his new assignment, and likening Philippine Public Safety College (PPSC) president Ruben Platon and Philippine National Police Academy (PNPA) head Chief Superintendent Noel Constantino to bickering children. He also complained of the PNPA’s shortage in ceremonial rifles, non-uniform uniforms, and faulty bass drums.
The day was supposed to be a celebration of the heroic acts of policemen who responded to the Zamboanga City crisis in September, the Bohol earthquake in October and Super Typhoon “Yolanda” in November, among others. Instead, it became an opportunity for the President to scold alleged erring officials and to compare them with the awardees who sacrificed their safety to serve the country.
Read: Aquino roasts Capa for being picky, two others for bickering and Aquino tells heads of police school: Stop fighting

Palace on Delfin Lee as Aquino donor: Just check the Comelec list

Just check the document published by the Commision on Elections (Comelec), Malacañang on Friday told people asking if President Benigno Aquino III received campaign money from Delfin Lee. “Well, the lists of contributors and donors have been published by the COMELEC; and I think you can see it from there whether he is a campaign contributor,” Presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said in a press briefing. Lacierda said he did not have information on the donors. The statement came after Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption (VACC) founding chair Dante Jimenez claimed that he received information that Lee, who was detained on charges of syndicated estafa, was among the President’s biggest campaign contributors. Jimenez added that Aquino should not have lambasted Senior Superintendent Conrad Capa because he headed Task Force Tugis, which caught the fugitive Lee. Aquino’s Statement of Election Contribution and Expenditures released by the Comelec, does not list the name of Lee among the President’s donors during the 2010 elections.

Peace deal constitutionally defensible, says Palace

MALACAñANG on Thursday stood pat on the legality of the recently signed Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB), saying the contents of the pact fall within the framework of the Philippine Constitution. Palace spokesman Edwin Lacierda told reporters that fears that the CAB may end up like the defunct Memorandum of Agreement on Ancestral Domain (MOA-AD) are farfetched because the government and Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) panels have given assurances that the CAB is “constitutionally defensible.” The MOA-AD was rejected by the Supreme Court in 2008.
“The Bangsamoro agreement was crafted keeping in mind that it should be within the flexibilities of the Constitution. We adhere to the belief that the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro is constitutionally defensible,” Lacierda said. On Wednesday, Sen. Miriam Defensor Santiago said she found some provisions in the CAB that are contrary to the dictates of the 1987 Charter. Santiago, who heads the Senate Committee on Constitutional Amendments, noted that the agreement establishes a sub-state, not an autonomous region, which is the only territory that the Constitution allows to be created. An expert in constitutional and international laws, she explained that the entity that will replace the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) is a sub-state that will exercise certain sovereign powers that should be reserved only for the central government.
Santiago cited Part 7, paragraph 4, subparagraph (b) of the Bangsamoro agreement, defining one of the functions of the Transition Commission that she said she finds ridiculous.
 


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No to Gang of Five. Members of the People Surge alliance, led by Sister Edita Eslopor, thumb down what they called the ‘Gang of Five’ in a briefing in Quezon City. Retired bishop Deogracias Yñiguez also appeared at the briefing to support the victims of super typhoon Yolanda. MANNY PALMERO

MANILA, APRIL 7, 2014 (MANILA STANDARD) By Rio N. Araja - THE survivors of super typhoon “Yolanda” may be hungrier and poorer, but they have also become better people after learning to rely on themselves instead of the promises of a “criminally negligent” government, the People Surge movement said on Tuesday.

“Thanks to the Aquino administration, we are poorer [and] hungrier, but better and stronger people,” People Surge convenor Sr. Edita Eslopor said at a press conference in Quezon City.

Eslopor said Yolanda victims blamed what they called the “Gang of Five” for not only failing to deliver basic government services to people in dire need, but also managed to make life harder for them.

She said the Gang of Five consisted of President Aquino, Interior Secretary Mar Roxas, Social Welfare Secretary Corazon Soliman, Energy Secretary Jericho Petilla and Presidential Assistant for Rehabilitation and Reconstruction Panfilo Lacson.

“The Aquino government’s response after Yolanda has been illusory. Its key officials for relief, rehabilitation and reconstruction have done their very best to disappoint,” said the Benedictine nun who rose to prominence for leading the fight of the disaster’s survivors.

“Since typhoon Yolanda, the Aquino government tried to pass off hocus-pocus as miraculous recovery to convince the people with the wonder of wonders being that it is on top of the situation,” she noted.

“If we had only waited for the government’s promises, we would still be in Eastern Visayas,” Eslopor added, noting that the victims have learned to pray more to God and rely on themselves.

“The Yolanda survivors have seen nothing but arrogance, obliviousness and criminal neglect from President Benigno Aquino in responding to the calamity,” she said. “Can President Aquino answer the people’s basic interests or will he be held accountable?”

She said Roxas did nothing but “politicize the crucial period of post-Yolanda rescue and relief and ‘endear’ himself to the electorate by robbing them of their only homes and prohibiting the rebuilding coastal communities while favoring big businesses.”

People Surge also hit Lacson for prohibiting fisher folk from rebuilding their coastal homes, but allowing big businesses to build commercial structures at the sites of the seaside communities.

They also slammed Energy Secretary Jerico Petilla for calling himself a “management engineer” but could not even restore power to his province-mates who once elected him governor.

But People Surge members reserved their harshest criticism for Soliman whom they lambasted for restricting control of relief packages while people were starving during the first few days after the storm and for hoarding goods meant for victims and letting them rot in government warehouses.

FROM THE INQUIRER

Palace ready for China backlash By TJ Burgonio Philippine Daily Inquirer
12:23 am | Thursday, April 3rd, 2014

‘But China ties not defined by sea dispute’


LEAVE US ALONE Activists stage a rally at the Chinese Embassy in Makati City on Wednesday to protest the Chinese Coast Guard’s attempt to stop a Philippine resupply vessel from getting to the BRP Sierra Madre on Ayungin Shoal in the West Philippine Sea on Saturday. RAFFY LERMA

MANILA, Philippines—The government is prepared for any backlash from its move to question in the United Nations China’s territorial claims in the West Philippine Sea, but Manila’s ties with Beijing remains the same, Malacañang said on Wednesday.

Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said the Philippines was upholding its interest when it submitted its memorandum to the UN arbitral tribunal on Sunday questioning China’s claim over nearly the entire South China Sea, including waters within the Philippines’ 370-kilometer exclusive economic zone (EEZ) called West Philippine Sea.

Coloma said, however, that the Philippines’ relations with China should not be based on the dispute over territories in the West Philippine Sea.

He said, “When our President visited the People’s Republic of China in 2011, he said this: ‘The totality of Philippine-People’s Republic of China relations is not defined by the West Philippine Sea.”

Coloma explained: “In our country’s view, our relations with the People’s Republic of China have a history that is based on friendship and cooperation. And there are many areas where both countries can promote cooperation and friendship.”

“That is why we can’t say that the issue of the West Philippine Sea should be the basis for our relations with the People’s Republic of China,” he added.

Based on principles

“Our foreign policy is based on principles, and we’re not swayed by [scenarios],” Coloma said when asked about possible backlash from the filing of the memorandum despite China’s warning that it would damage relations between the two countries.

But should there be an economic backlash, Coloma said the government would protect the national interest, including the economy.

“It’s the duty of the government to promote the welfare of its citizens and to ensure the orderly and stable growth of our national economy,” he said.

“It’s a continuing duty of the government,” he added. ‘Serious damage’ Chinese Charge d’Affaires Sun Xiangyang rebuked the Philippines on Tuesday, saying its move “seriously damaged” relations with China.

Sun said China was baffled by the Philippine move to “unilaterally shut the door to negotiations and consultations.”

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Wednesday declined to rebut Sun’s statements.

“The President has already spoken on that. We have nothing more to add,” DFA spokesman Charles Jose told reporters.

Jose was referring to President Aquino’s statement on Monday that the Philippines was “not challenging” or “provoking” China by proceeding with its legal action in the UN arbitral tribunal.

Aquino spoke at the Philippine National Police Academy graduation rites at Camp Gen. Mariano Castañeda in Silang town, Cavite province, a day after the Philippines submitted the memorandum to the UN tribunal in The Hague, the Netherlands.

Philippine case

The Philippines asked the tribunal to stop Chinese incursions into Philippine territory, clarify maritime boundaries and nullify China’s claim to 90 percent of the 3.5-million-square-kilometer South China Sea.

It asserted that the Chinese claim is illegal under the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (Unclos), and interferes with the Philippines’ sovereign rights to its continental shelf and the part of the South China Sea within its EEZ.

‘Our own opinion’

Commenting on Sun’s statement that the Philippines should have sought China’s consent since international arbitration required the agreement of two parties, Coloma said that was “their own opinion.”

“We have our own opinion and means to uphold the national interest of the Philippines,” he said. \

China shows its claims to the South China Sea on official maps with nine dashes that encompass nearly the entire South China Sea, including waters close to the shores of its neighbors. At the center of the dispute between the Philippines and China are islands in the Spratlys, a chain of up to 190 islands, reefs, coral outcrops and banks believed to be sitting atop large deposits of oil and natural gas.

The Philippines occupies five islands in the Spratlys known as Kalayaan (Freedom) Group and a shoal called Ayungin (Second Thomas Shoal), where the government grounded a decommissioned naval vessel, the BRP Sierra Madre, in 1999 to mark the boundary of the country’s territory.

The outpost is manned by a small contingent of Marines. The Philippines also owns Panatag Shoal (Scarborough Shoal), farther to the north of the West Philippine Sea off the coast of Zambales province, but China insists the shoal is part of its territory even though it is within the Philippines’ EEZ and more than 1,100 km from the nearest Chinese landmass.

China seized Panatag Shoal in 2012 after a two-month standoff between Chinese and Philippine vessels, prompting Manila to bring the dispute to the United Nations for arbitration. Ayungin standoff Angered by the Philippine move, China has been asserting its claims in the South China Sea more aggressively, blocking a Philippine resupply ship and turning it away from the BRP Sierra Madre on March 9.

The Philippine government resupplied the outpost by air-dropping provisions to the Marines manning the rusting vessel. On Saturday, a day before the Philippines was to submit its memorandum to the UN arbitral tribunal, two Chinese Coast Guard vessels tried to prevent another Philippine resupply vessel from reaching the BRP Sierra Madre.

But after a two-hour standoff, the small Philippine vessel, which was also carrying fresh troops to replace the detail in the outpost and Filipino and foreign journalists, outmaneuvered the two big Chinese ships and completed its mission.

PH claim amended After the March 9 incident, the Philippines amended its memorandum to the UN arbitral tribunal to include Ayungin Shoal and end once and for all China’s interference in Philippine activities within its own territory.

On Wednesday, dozens of left-wing activist staged a rally at China’s embassy in Manila to protest the Chinese Coast Guard’s action at Ayungin Shoal on Saturday.

About 60 members of the Akbayan group carried a mock tape measure during the protest, and yelled, “China do you know how to measure?”

Protest leader Barry Gutierrez said China should measure the limits of its territory correctly and not bully its way into other countries’ territories.

The United States, a treaty ally of the Philippines, has said the right of any state to use dispute resolution methods under the Unclos should be respected.

The US state department also accused China’s Coast Guard of harassing Philippine vessels, and called its attempt on Saturday to block a Philippine resupply mission to Ayungin Shoal “a provocative and destabilizing action.”—With reports from Tarra Quismundo and AP

Is Aquino hotheaded or just hot for reforms? By Kristine Angeli Sabillo, Nestor Corrales INQUIRER.net 8:48 pm | Tuesday, April 1st, 2014


President Benigno Aquino III FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines – Force of habit? President Benigno Aquino III was in his element again on Tuesday, lambasting at least two officials over their conduct and performance.

When the President starts his speech explaining why he has no teleprompter, expect heads to roll. He’ll most likely complain about his speechwriter or a public official or both. While he sometimes doesn’t name his targets, expect the blind item to be about someone recently making headlines.

Is it a shame campaign similar to that of the Bureau of Internal Revenue? Is the President a hotheaded fellow?

Or does he just want to set an example? Feel free to decide after reading about his following speeches:

Recognition day turned roast vs Capa, et al.

On Tuesday (April 1, 2014), Aquino hit two birds with one stone when he alluded to Senior Superintended Conrad Capa, who he chastised for complaining about his new assignment, and likening Philippine Public Safety College (PPSC) president Ruben Platon and Philippine National Police Academy (PNPA) head Chief Superintendent Noel Constantino to bickering children.

He also complained of the PNPA’s shortage in ceremonial rifles, non-uniform uniforms, and faulty bass drums.

The day was supposed to be a celebration of the heroic acts of policemen who responded to the Zamboanga City crisis in September, the Bohol earthquake in October and Super Typhoon “Yolanda” in November, among others. Instead, it became an opportunity for the President to scold alleged erring officials and to compare them with the awardees who sacrificed their safety to serve the country.

Read: Aquino roasts Capa for being picky, two others for bickering and Aquino tells heads of police school: Stop fighting

Ateneo alumni

As an alumnus of Ateneo, it was no surprise that Aquino graced the Ateneo Professional Schools’ 40th anniversary celebration. No one expected though that he would revive the impeachment of former chief justice and fellow Ateneo alumni Renato Corona.

After complaining about his pre-written speech, Aquino briefly complained about Ateneo’s wavering stand on the issue. He also devoted a couple of minutes discussing the merit of the case.

Read: Aquino revives Corona’s midnight appointment in Ateneo

Let there be light

When the President landed at Cateel, Davao Oriental for the pre-Edsa celebration (Feb. 24, 2014), he expected the communities to have already recovered from Typhoon “Pablo” that hit them more than a year ago.

When he learned that some areas still have no electricity, he did not think twice before scolding energy officials in front of the people.

“I was surprised to learn that electricity is yet to be restored in some places here … Before I leave Cateel, I need a proper answer. I hope they don’t test my patience,” he said in Filipino, berating the officials for pointing fingers. The officials may have been embarrassed but the people were ecstatic.

Read: Aquino lightly scolds officials for power lack in Cateel

Daang matuwid vs Panday

It was supposed to be the launch of Skyway Stage 3 (January 22, 2014), an event devoid of politics, but the President was still able to take swipe at one of his most prominent detractors, Senator Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr.

“To those repeatedly asking and deliberately turning a blind eye to our achievements: This is the straight path,” he said in his speech…This is not hammered out of fantasy, nor fabricated like a scene in a movie,” he said, referring to the films of the actor-turned-politician.

Read: Aquino hits ‘Panday’: No fantasy, fabrication

Did he or did he not? Below are some instances when he seemed to be referring to particular people but did not elaborate:

Uphold the honor code

Aquino didn’t directly refer to dismissed Philippine Military Academy (PMA) cadet Aldrin Jeff Cudia at the school’s commencement exercises (March 16, 2014), but his speech on the need to uphold the Honor Code in and outside of the institution alluded to his case.

Aquino said if it is prohibited to lie, steal and cheat inside PMA, the graduates should also uphold the same principles outside the academe. Cudia was dismissed for allegedly lying about why he was late for class. However, his sister’s post on social media snowballed into a campaign calling for a consideration.

Read: Apply the honor code outside PMA, Aquino tells graduates

No wang wang

The President during the launch of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority’s new traffic control system (January 8, 2014) reiterated his “no wang wang” policy. In attendance was Makati Mayor Junjun Binay who recently figured in a controversial standoff at the Dasmariñas Village.

Aquino insisted that no one had the right to act as if they are the king of the road. But Binay said he was not affected by the comment nor did he think he was being referred to by the President. “It’s a general statement always given by the President,” he told media.

Read: Junjun Binay not affected by Aquino’s ‘no wang wang’ remark

Below are some of his earlier headline-grabbing speeches and statements:

November 17, 2013— President Benigno Aquino III during his visit to Tacloban City blamed unnamed officials whom he said are responsible for the high casualty in Super Typhoon “Yolanda” because of their alleged failure to prepare for the monster typhoon.

July 28, 2012— President Benigno Aquino III criticized TV Patrol anchor and former Vice President Kabayan Noli De Castro during the 25th anniversary celebration of TV Patrol for habit of injecting his opinion and baseless speculations during the prime time news telecast.

Read: http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/238327/aquino-slams-news-delivery-during-tv-networks-bash and
http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/238965/abs-cbn-stands-by-its-man-de-castro-against-aquinos-tirade


December 4, 2011—President Benigno Aquino III criticized the Supreme Court during the 1st National Criminal Justice Summit where Chief Justice Renato Corona is in attendance.

June 12, 2011— President Benigno Aquino III on his first Independence Day celebration as a president took a swipe at the Arroyo administration’s failure to reform the country’s system saying we should not forget the mistakes of the past.

July 14, 2010-Presiding over his first disaster management briefing, President Benigno Aquino III hits the weather bureau for its failure to notify the public that Typhoon Basyang would directly hit Metro Manila and for its weather bulletin errors.

FROM THE INQUIRER

Palace on Delfin Lee as Aquino donor: Just check the Comelec list By Kristine Angeli Sabillo INQUIRER.net 3:40 pm | Friday, April 4th, 2014

MANILA, Philippines – Just check the document published by the Commision on Elections (Comelec), Malacañang on Friday told people asking if President Benigno Aquino III received campaign money from Delfin Lee.

“Well, the lists of contributors and donors have been published by the COMELEC; and I think you can see it from there whether he is a campaign contributor,” Presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said in a press briefing.

Lacierda said he did not have information on the donors.

The statement came after Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption (VACC) founding chair Dante Jimenez claimed that he received information that Lee, who was detained on charges of syndicated estafa, was among the President’s biggest campaign contributors.

Jimenez added that Aquino should not have lambasted Senior Superintendent Conrad Capa because he headed Task Force Tugis, which caught the fugitive Lee.

Aquino’s Statement of Election Contribution and Expenditures released by the Comelec, does not list the name of Lee among the President’s donors during the 2010 elections.

Asked whether it mattered if Lee contributed or not, Lacierda said there is already a pending case before former.

“We have never shied away from prosecuting anyone that has been charged. So, the DOJ, insofar as the government is concerned, will prosecute its case against Delfin Lee,” the spokesperson said.

FROM MANILA TIMES

Peace deal constitutionally defensible, says Palace April 3, 2014 10:19 pm by Joel M. Sy Egco Senior Reporter

MALACAñANG on Thursday stood pat on the legality of the recently signed Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB), saying the contents of the pact fall within the framework of the Philippine Constitution.

Palace spokesman Edwin Lacierda (photo) told reporters that fears that the CAB may end up like the defunct Memorandum of Agreement on Ancestral Domain (MOA-AD) are farfetched because the government and Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) panels have given assurances that the CAB is “constitutionally defensible.” The MOA-AD was rejected by the Supreme Court in 2008.

“The Bangsamoro agreement was crafted keeping in mind that it should be within the flexibilities of the Constitution.

We adhere to the belief that the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro is constitutionally defensible,” Lacierda said.

On Wednesday, Sen. Miriam Defensor Santiago said she found some provisions in the CAB that are contrary to the dictates of the 1987 Charter.

Santiago, who heads the Senate Committee on Constitutional Amendments, noted that the agreement establishes a sub-state, not an autonomous region, which is the only territory that the Constitution allows to be created.

An expert in constitutional and international laws, she explained that the entity that will replace the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) is a sub-state that will exercise certain sovereign powers that should be reserved only for the central government.

Santiago cited Part 7, paragraph 4, subparagraph (b) of the Bangsamoro agreement, defining one of the functions of the Transition Commission that she said she finds ridiculous.

But government peace panel chairman Miriam Coronel-Ferrer echoed Lacierda’s assertion, stressing that “through every stage of the negotiations, we remained ever mindful of the President’s instructions that any agreement we must conclude must be within the framework of the 1987 Constitution, and accordingly, the roadmap set by the CAB leads to Congress as the established lawmaking institution.”

Ferrer said she would seek a meeting with Santiago and other members of Congress “to extensively discuss the different provisions in the CAB and to allow for a deeper understanding of the context and substance of the documents.”

“In the meantime, we are waiting for the Bangsamoro Transition Commission to finish its draft bill on the Bangsamoro which will be endorsed by the President as an administration bill to Congress for their due consideration and passage at the soonest possible time,” she added.

The Bangsamoro Basic Law, once enacted, shall serve as the organic act for the autonomous region in Muslim Mindanao provided for in the 1987 Constitution.

House Deputy Majority Leader Sherwin Tugna of Citizens’ Battle Against Corruption party-list and former Justice Secretary Simeon Datumanong also on Thursday said Santiago saying the Bangsamoro agreement is illegal may be premature.

The CAB allows the Transition Commission to work only on “proposals” to amend the Constitution, Datumanong pointed out.

Reps. Silvestre Bello 3rd of 1-BAP party-list and Rep. Rodito Albano of Isabela agreed with Datumanong, saying the CAB is clear that Congress, not the Transition Commission, decides on constitutional matters.

“I don’t agree with her [Santiago]. What the Transition Committee will submit is just a draft Bangsamoro Basic Law.

It is up to Congress to pass a law that will comply with the Constitution,” Bello, also a former Justice secretary, said in a text message. With Llanesca T. Panti

FROM READERS:
2 Responses to Peace deal constitutionally defensible, says Palace
Sandy says:
April 4, 2014 at 10:02 am
Yes Malacanang mouthpiece Coloma insisted that the Bangsamoro Peace Fact Agreement was constitutional because the written pages of CAB as well as the written pages of the 1989 constitution always seated side by side.
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apolonio reyes says:
April 4, 2014 at 7:34 am
Sec. Lacierda, kung sinabi mo na ” The government at MILF panels have given the assurances that the CAB is ” Contitutionally Defensible ” “, bakit mayroon ka bang DOUBT gaya ng marami sa atin na ‘ UNCONSTITUTIONAL ” ang CAB? Tanong lang Sir?
Di ba Sir dapat ang SC abf nagsasabi na “Constitutional ang CAB ” at di lamang ang assurance ng government at MILF panels, Tanong lang uli ng isang civilian na walang alam sa batas, Sir Lacierda ?


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