Sotto, Drilon, Lacson, et al. questions PRRD termination of VFA in Supreme Court

Sotto, Drilon, Lacson, et al. questions PRRD termination of VFA in Supreme Court

The Senate will be meeting head on the order of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte’s cancellation of the Visiting Forces Agreement and the final arbiter in this case will be the Supreme Court (SC).

The move is spearheaded by the Senate President himself – Senate President Vicente Sotto, despite rumors his action would cost him the Senate leadership.

“If [it would cost me the Senate] leadership, that’s OK with me. I have no problem s told mediamen.

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When asked if such a move will create a constitutional crisis his reply was just simply “ I don’t think so:

“If we file a petition challenging the [VFA abrogation], that would result to a head-to-head (confrontation between the legislative and executive branches),”he said.

“We will not file that [kind of] petition. What we will [do] is for the Senate to assert its right,”he stressed.

He said they would simply ask the magistrates to “interpret the Constitution on whether [the President’s action] should pass the Senate or not when an agreement or a treaty is abrogated.”

Sotto said he would be joined by Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon, Senators Panfilo Lacson and Richard Gordon, and former Senators Kit Tatad and Rodolfo Biazon as petitioners.

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