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PIA Press Release
2009/06/18

Cong. Belmonte cites ConAss on Independence Day celebration

by Lorry V. Gabule

Iligan City (18 June) -- "There is nothing to expound or to fear at all. There is no Constituent Assembly (Con Ass) yet to speak of," stressed Representative Vicente "Varf" Belmonte of the 1st District / Lanao del Norte.

Belmonte explained that what Congress passed is a House Resolution with 177 signatories, to include his representation, requesting the Supreme Court to rule on whether the House of Representatives can convene separately from the House of Senate for purposes of amending the Constitution.

The Resolution that Congress passed explicitly outlined the following: (1) that the term of office of the incumbent President and Vice-President shall not be extended; (2) the term of office of Senators, Congressmen, governors, Mayors and other selected officials whose term of office expires in 2010 shall not be extended; (3) the term of office of the twelve (12) Senators who were elected in 2007 for a six (6)-year term ending in 2013 shall not be shortened and they shall be allowed to finish their term; and, (4) that there shall be election in 2010.

He reiterated that we should do "a lot of reading between the lines," to exercise our human and constitutional rights as enshrined in the Bill of Rights of our Constitution.

On June 10, days before the Philippine Independence Day is observed, thousands of Filipinos rallied in Makati to protest against Con Ass.

Meanwhile, Cong. Belmonte discussed on the Lone Districting of Iligan City.

He reported that after a year and eight months in office, the First Bill he filed is finally in the House of Senate.

He said that "constitutionally and development-wise," Iligan City, with a total population of 308,046, should be declared as a lone and separate district.

"As a public servant, I shall be Iligan and 1st District of Lanao del Norte's voice and vessel in bringing struggle to the halls of Congress and at the national level," said Belmonte.

With this year's theme, "Kagitingan, Kagalingan, Tungo sa Tunay na Kalayaan," Belmonte clarified on the meaning of independence-that freedom is for everyone regardless of gender, creed, religion, or race.

"While everyone demands for equal freedom, thus, the struggle to fight for our freedom should likewise be equally shared. The task should not only be passed on to the President, Mayor, Vice-Mayor, Councilors or Congressmen. The task is everyone's assignment," concluded the Congressman. (PIA-LDN) [top]

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