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Voting 13 senators unconstitutional, says Enrile, urges Miriam to decide

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile has concurred with the assertions made by an election lawyer on the unconstitutionality of electing 13 senators in the May 2013 polls even when Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago has not formally resigned her post.

Even the proposition broached by his colleague, Sen. Franklin Drilon for the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to allot 13 slots in the ballots or for the counting machines to read the winning 13 senators but proclaim only the top 12, was thumbed down by the Senate chief.

Drilon’s call for the Comelec to proclaim the 13th senator in the 2013 elections only when Santiago resigns, was implausible, Enrile said, as there was no precedent.

“I don’t think that’s constitutionally feasible. Otherwise, if that norm is adopted then the 13th senators in any election, if somebody dies, immediately after proclamation, should come in and sit,” Enrile said..... MORE

SourceThe Daily Tribune

URL: http://www.tribune.net.ph/index.php/nation/item/1364-voting-13-senators-unconstitutional-says-enrile-urges-miriam-to-decide

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