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High Court will decide what’s best for nation

  • Written by Ryan Ponce Pacpaco
  • Published in Nation
Ferdinand Martin Romualdez Ferdinand Martin Romualdez

HOUSE Independent Bloc leader and Leyte Rep. Ferdinand Martin Romualdez expressed confidence yesterday that the Supreme Court led by Chief Justice Ma. Lourdes Sereno will decide on the constitutionality of the proposed law on the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in the best interest of the country.
“For the maintenance of good and being the final arbiter of many issues dividing the nation, the Supreme Court will decide for the best interest of the nation concerning legal questions that may be raised against the proposed law,” said Romualdez, a lawyer and president of the Philippine Constitution Association (Philconsa), after the 98-man House ad hoc committee on the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) voted to approve the peace measure that kept the version of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and Malacañang intact.
Speaker Feliciano “Sonny” Belmonte Jr. expressed belief that the peace measure version that the House of Representatives’ panel will not require amending the Constitution.

“No delay at least not in the House of Representatives. We anticipate somebody will bring it to the SC, but we are also confident that what we passed is constitutional,” said Belmonte.
Buhay Hayaang Yumabong (Buhay) party-list Rep. Lito Atienza, a stalwart of the Romualdez bloc, exhorted his colleagues not to tread on dangerous ground in approving the proposed peace measure law that is fraught with provisions that are deemed unconstitutional.
“I urge my colleagues to stand up for what is really good for the nation. We are not for violence and war. We are for peace. But peace that will continue uniting the nation and not disintegrating it.
“What they are approving now are provisions which are dangerous, to say the least,” said Atienza.  

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