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PIA Press Release
2006/10/26

Cebu guv expected SC decision vs people’s initiative

By Minerva BC Newman

Cebu City (26 October) -- After the Supreme Court junked the petition filed by the pro-ChaCha advocates for a people’s initiative to amend the 1987 Constitution, Cebu governor Gwen Garcia said, the SC decision had affirmed her father’s and her belief against the people’s initiative.

Gov. Garcia further said, even from the beginning, she believed the people’s initiative has a ‘serious legal impediment’. She did not believe that was the right and legal way to do it, so the SC decision to junk it was just right, Garcia added.

As can be recalled, Governor Gwen Garcia did not support the people’s initiative, however, several mayors and other local officials in Cebu spearheaded the signature campaign for the PI in their respective districts.

Former Cebu governor and con-con commissioner Pablo Garcia meantime said, the SC decision has saved the Arroyo government from what he termed as a distinguished prescription to destabilization. He once argued at the SC against the PI as a venue to amend the Constitution. “The ruling was expected because the petition was a clear violation of the law,” Garcia added.

Comm. Garcia expects the petitioners to seek for a reconsideration of the SC ruling considering that the vote is quite close. Garcia said, the more practical way to amend the Constitution is to call for a constitutional convention (Con-Con) because it has more time to study what constitutional provisions need to be amended. “Dili nato dali-dalion kini, kinahanglan ni og malinawon ug makuti nga pagtoon ug pagtuki sa Constitution, “ Comm. Garcia added.

Sigaw ng Bayan and the Union of Local Authorities of the Philippines (ULAP) were united to push for the people’s initiative. They have now 15 days to appeal the SC ruling. (PIA-Cebu) [top]

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