Enrile says Senate will not ignore HR 1109 to amend Charter

June 3, 2009 1:31 pm 

By Jelly F. Musico

MANILA, June 3 –- Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile said on Wednesday the Senate would not ignore the House of Representatives-approved House Resolution 1109 if it reaches the upper chamber of Congress.

”I still do not know what is their resolution about, but we will not ignore it. If it will be formally transmitted here, it will have to be referred to the committee (on constitutional amendments),” Enrile said in an interview with a group of the Senate media.

However, Enrile doubted whether the resolution would still reach the Senate committee on the constitutional amendments, revision of codes and laws chaired by Senator Francis Escudero before its adjournment.

”We have no more time to refer it to the committee unless this will reach us this afternoon because we are going to adjourn sine die today (Wednesday),” Enrile said.

Enrile said the Senate will only entertain the House resolution at the resumption of the regular session of Congress next month.

”It’s only then that the committee can decide on what to do with that resolution,” Enrile said.

He also reiterated his firm stand that the House cannot hold session to tackle the amendments of the Constitution through constituent assembly without the participation of the Senate.

The Con-ass resolution, which was approved by 171 members of the House of Representatives late Tuesday night, earned strong opposition from the Senate.

Senators unanimously adopted on December 15 last year Resolution No. 154 declaring as unconstitutional any attempt by the House of Representatives to unilaterally propose amendments to or revision of the Constitution without the approval by three-fourths of the Senate voting separately. (PNA) scs/jfm

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