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

Saturday, October 28, 2006

On People's Initiative Supreme Court Decision

Senator Richard J. Gordon, chairman of the Senate committee on constitutional amendments, revision of codes and laws, said the “SC decided consistently with the prevailing jurisprudence in Santiago versus Comelec, providing predictability, consistency, and stability to our legal system and the rule of law.”

He vowed to pass “a sufficient, sound and suitable enabling law” to provide for the implementation of the right of the people to directly propose amendments to the Constitution through people’s initiative. Gordon said the “dubious way” by which the people’s initiative was orchestrated largely through barangay assemblies “is disturbing.” "Congress should now work to enact a law for a people’s initiative that would be immune from manipulation by political interests." he added.