Senate to give Trillanes formal welcome

January 17, 2011 11:50 am 

MANILA, Jan. 16 – The Senate is set to give Senator Antonio Trillanes IV a formal welcome in his first appearance in the Senate session as Congress resumes from one-month Christmas break on Monday.

”Perhaps, we will give some importance to the appearance of Trillanes because he will be joining the session tomorrow (Monday),” Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile said on Sunday.

Enrile said the Senate will also replicate the oathtaking of Trillanes who was elected in 2007 while detained at the Camp Crame for leading the 2003 Oakwood Mutiny.

”He has not taken yet his oath as senator in the Senate,” Enrile explained.

Trillanes has been granted provisional freedom by the court days after the Senate concurred with Proclamation 75 signed by President Benigno Aquino III, granting amnesty to the participants of three military uprisings against former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

Trillanes has already submitted his application for amnesty at the Department of National Defense.

Enrile said good numbers of pending bills are up for floor debates at the resumption of the Senate session.

Although Charter change has not been included in the priority legislative agenda of Malacanang, Enrile said the Senate is ready to tackle the proposal from the House of Representatives.

”Any time. That is a debatable issue, an issue all the time in this country. Even if it is not a priority, it is a must because it’s in the mind of many Filipino people,” Enrile said.

Enrile is supporting the proposal to change the 1987 Constitution. (PNA)

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