"What this Country needs is not a change OF men but a change IN men" March 1980

Friday, September 29, 2006

On Supreme Court Hearing of PI Case

EVEN IF Chief Justice Artemio Panganiban and Associate Justice Reynato Puno were to vote to declare the initiative law sufficient to implement Charter change, senators remain hopeful that a majority of the Supreme Court justices would vote to dismiss the petition for a people’s initiative.

Sen. Richard Gordon, chair of the Senate committee on constitutional reform, said the proponents were unable to justify the lack of transparency and reliability of the signature collection campaign. He said an added disadvantage to the petition was that it was proposing a revision and not mere amendments to the Charter, contrary to law.
“I’m pretty sure it will be turned down,’’ Gordon said.