Legion goes to the Supreme Court. In his column, Fr. Joaquin Bernas, SJ describes what the court must decide:
When the Sigaw petition goes to the Supreme Court, what issues will be raised? At least four issues will have to be examined. First, should the Court reexamine the 1997 decision? Second, if it does, should it reverse the 1997 decision? Third, are the changes being proposed allowable for initiative and referendum under the present Constitution? Fourth, should the Court say something about the 12 percent and 3 percent requirement, and if so, what should it say?
On the first question, the Court will have to decide whether the law involved is already dead and beyond the resuscitating power of the Court, and has already passed on to the domain of Congress.
If the Court takes up the second question, it will have to determine the extent of the power of the Court to review a decision of Congress when Congress has acted in obedience to a constitutional provision mandating it to implement a constitutional command. The 1997 Court was very strict on Congress. The current Court has been very liberal in at least two other instances—the party-list case and the right of holders of dual citizenship to vote even without the usual required residence.
On the third question, will the Court give a definitive distinction between “amendment” and “revision” and apply it to what is being proposed?
Finally, what will the Court say about the statement of the Comelec that Sigaw’s campaign seems to have satisfied the 12 percent and 3 percent requirement for initiative and referendum? Chief Justice Panganiban, in his dissenting opinion in the Pirma case raised very interesting questions which also need to be answered today.
Bernas seems skeptical that even if the Comelec is overruled, a plebiscite could take place by December.
Pasay City mayor vows not to give in. Something’s interesting about all these local government suspensions. I wish people from Baguio and Pasay cities would blog more about it. Is it as simple as the Department of the Interior claims? Or who stands to gain if local executives are suspended?
President slips from 4th to 45th in Forbes’ most powerful women in the world list. Ellen Tordesillas has more. See also an Associated Press story on the President:
And political survival may not equate to success for the Philippines. With four years left in her term, she has shown more skill at stamping out the political fires than putting the nation on firm path for economic progress.
“We won’t have the ability to do long-term planning and long-term execution,” Magno said. “Gloria will win but all of us will lose in the long run.”
This has got to be the most poorly-written header for a Palace press release: Statement of Secretary Ignacio R. Bunye Re Economic Matter. Expect another release: “Statement of Bunye Re Stuff.”
In the punditocracy, Lito Banayo will have a very interesting column tomorrow. For today’s columns, see Bong Austero who wishes various sectors weren’t at each other’s throats, and that everyone sat down together and worked things out rationally.
Gail Ilagan recounts her experience working with Macario D. Tiu who recently won the National Book Award (edging out one contender, of which I was a co-writer). Ilagan helps explain why Tiu’s book is so remarkable (Nagsusulat Lamang wons a Palanca award).
Can reform continue in Thailand if Thaksin remains?
Also, The Nation of Thailand editorializes on recent bombings in the country and what’s at stake, economy-wise.
Interesting article in Slate, on a defining moment for American newspapers.
In the blogosphere, caffeine sparks says everything that needs to be said about Justice Isagani Cruz.
Hillblogger explains accounts and such, from a European resident’s perspective.
Newsstand and Piercing Pens on a survey of potential winners for the Senate. Everyone seems surprised Rep. Chiz Escudero hasn’t done better.
My Liberal Times praises local government officials.
big mango compares constitutional change to software updates. Bunker Chronicles says, don’t laugh at ambitious ideas. Upoytaoism believes One Voice erred in recognizing the present government (speaking of One Voice, here’s a warning on “fast-break Cha-Cha”).
Bystander recounts what it was like to take -and pass- the bar exams.
The Citizen on Mars on adultery in the eyes of other cultures.
Book stuff and other readings : Newsstand encounters a fellow blogger at a bookfair; Mamutong on some sniping going on regarding a book on the “secrets of the rich”. Torn & Frayed says don’t count newspapers down and out yet: though our attention spans may be dwindling, indeed.
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