Drilon: Con-Ass without Senate nowhere to go but cemetery

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Senate Minority Leader Franklin M. Drilon said over DWIZ radio on January 20 that charter change being pushed by House of Representatives Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez without the participation of Senate is nowhere to go but the cemetery.

The Senate decided not to join the Constituent Assembly (Con-Ass) which will draft a new constitution and vote jointly as proposed by the House of Representatives.

“Walang patutunguhan iyan kundi sementeryo; hindi makakarating sa senado dahilan sang-ayon sa ating Saligang Batas at kailangan ang aksyon ng dalawa kapulungan,” Drilon said.

Drilon noted that a road or a public school cannot change name without the approval of Senate, voting separately from the House of Representatives.

“Kapag pinapalitan ang pangalan ng kalsada o pangalan ng high shool ay kailangan sumang-ayon ng senado, lalo na siguro sa pag-amyenda sa Saligang Batas ay kailangan naman na sumang-ayon ang senado sa pamamagitan ng separate voting,” he said.

“Yung opinion ng lahat ng dumulog sa hearing naming sa senado – mga respetadong mahistrado katulad nina former Chief Justices Puno, Davide, former Justic Aszcuna, dating Senate President Pimentel – lahat po sinasabi ay hiwalay ang botohan ng Kamara at Senado,” he added.

He added that a unilateral proposal to change the Constitution will not be submitted for plebiscite because budget for the plebiscite will not be allocated.

“Hindi na po kailangan na i-declare na unconstitutional dahil kung walang askyon ang senado, walang maidudulog sa publiko, dahilan sa hindi pwedeng magkaroon ng plebesito at wala pong public funds na pwedeng gastusin sa illegal na plebesito,” he said.

“At kung ang Comelec, gagawin nila ang plebesito, sila ay masasampahan ng kaso for malversation dahilan sa gagastos sila ng pindo ng bansa nang walang pahintulot ng batas,” he added.