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Bar topnotcher finds irony in act of Congress

by Roberto M. Cabardo

Cebu City (23 June) -- While most of the country's members of the House of Representatives favor the constituent assembly as the mode in amending some provisions of the 1987 Philippine Constitution, those who oppose it find an ally in the lady topnotcher of the 2008 Bar Examinations.

In a press conference in Cebu City last Saturday, Atty. Judy Lardizabal who finished in San Sebastian College-Recoletos and ranked first in the last bar exams, manifested her dismay with the way some legislators in the lower chamber tried in a last ditch effort to amend the constitution by passing House Resolution 1109 that seeks to convene the House of Representatives into a constituent assembly without the participation of the senators.

In her personal opinion, Lardizabal who met with some of Cebu's law students said , "I find it ironic that our legislators who are supposed to know the law and are tasked to make laws seem not to know the law at all. I think it is unconstitutional."

Lardizabal's view is shared by constitutionalist and Jesuit priest Father Joaquin Bernas who only favors having a constitutional convention as a better mode of amending the country's charter.

Likewise, before his reelection in Congress, an administration ally and also a bar topnotcher, Cebu representative and former governor Pablo Garcia joined the ranks of Bernas in calling for a constitutional convention and not constituent assembly as the rightful mode of amending the constitution.

Lately, the Supreme Court, acting on the petition filed by lawyer Oliver Lozano and cohorts, ruled that there is yet no justiciable controversy involved in the move by the lower chamber so the petition of Lozano does not have any merit for there are no rights violated nor injuries suffered by any of the petitioners yet and that neither is the issue of transcendental importance that necessitates the high tribunal's intervention. (PIA Cebu) [top]

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