THE Senate yesterday passed a resolution saying the ongoing signature campaign to amend the 1987 Constitution through barangay assemblies is “illegal.”

Resolution No. 478, signed by 21 senators, said there is no law enabling such an implementation of the system of people’s initiative. The resolution referred to the Supreme Court decision in the Defensor Santiago v. Commission on Elections case, where the high tribunal ruled that RA 6735 or the Initiative and Referendum Act is “inadequate” to cover the system of initiative on amendments to the Constitution.

The Senate resolution also stressed that under the present Constitution, the exercise of the right to initiative is limited to the right to propose amendments, and not the revision of the Charter.

Read the signed copy of P.S. Res. No. 478 here.

4 Responses to Senate says barangay assemblies
for cha-cha ‘illegal’



March 31st, 2006 at 10:25 am

So the barangay assemblies for chacha is illegal. Why tell us, your honors naman, when we already know that. Instead of making noise why not petition the SC to stop it already so you don’t lose time because the chacha engine is moving fast. Bakit kayo laging huli sa viaje.



March 31st, 2006 at 3:50 pm

Anything that is a threat to the senators “profitable & powerfull” position is a illegal.
Perhaps, we should be more aware of our Constitutional Right & not be forever controled by the “political eleite”.


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April 7th, 2006 at 11:37 pm

[…] But Sen. Edgardo Angara, the guest speaker for the event, said he was more in favor of amending the Constitution through a constituent assembly rather than the people’s initiative. (The Senate on March 29 passed a resolution declaring as illegal the gathering of signatures for a people’s initiative to amend the Constitution. Only Angara and Lito Lapid did not sign the resolution.) […]


Barako Café » Blog Archive » Regardless

April 8th, 2006 at 6:35 pm

[…] GMA and her cohorts continue to push for charter change regardless of the Senate sayingsuch government moves are illegal, regardless of the BS about these moves being the people’s initiative, regardless of the CBCP’s alarm over exactly GMA & co.’s self-serving interests. And at this point, would any rational person believe Alex Magno over Rene Azurin? […]

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