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2006/12/11

Changing of House rule for Con-Ass, no violation – Rep. Petilla

By Bong Pedalino

Tacloban City (December 11) -– There was no violation when the Lower House of Congress changed its rules, rule 105 to be exact, to pave the way for the convening of the legislative body into a Constituent Assembly to entertain proposed changes in the Constitution.

Leyte First District Representative Remedios Petilla made the categorical statement amid loud insinuations from various sectors, including the Church, that Administration-supportive congressmen were rushing the Charter Change process to exclude the Senate.

In a casual chat with local media practitioners at the SMED Center here today, December 11, the Congresswoman defended the move saying, the majority lawmakers just amended the House Rule.

“It was a Constitutional issue, not a regular manner of passing laws where a bill has to be taken up first by the lower House then to the Senate, then to the bicameral committee. It was a special process,” said Congresswoman Petilla.

Asked if there was any Constitutional violation in amending House Rule 105, Representative Petilla firmly replied, “there was no violation.”

Despite recent talks to shift to the Con-Con mode in amending the country’s basic Law, Congw. Petilla still expressed her hope that tomorrow, December 12, the Lower House can still muster the required number of 195 warm bodies to convene into a Constituent Assembly.

She said Senators have been duly invited to participate but if they would decline the invitation, then the Assembly would push through provided the required number of lawmakers are present. (PIA Southern Leyte) [top]

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