Congress cannot repeal a People’s Initiative law, Bayan Muna congressman insists

Things got even more interesting. Bayan Muna Congressman Neri Colmentares is standing his ground that Section 10 of the draft People's Initiative law is constitutional. Earlier, I wrote a piece asking - Is the draft law being pushed through a People’s Initiative unconstitutional? Former Congressman Teddy Casino posted the following on his blog: In the interest of clarifying concerns regarding the constitutionality of the proposed PI bill abolishing the pork barrel system, I’m posting Bayan Muna Rep. Neri Colmenares’ memo on the controversial Section 10 of the said bill.

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Is the draft law being pushed through a People’s Initiative unconstitutional?

Analysis by Raïssa Robles -- Is the Scrap Pork Network behind the People's Initiative promising something that might get shot down by the Supreme Court as unconstitutional in the end? Something even Congress can easily overturn? Why didn't any official in the Integrated Bar of the Philippines see the potential constitutional defects and suggest amendments to the draft law entitled "An Act abolishing the presidential and congressional pork barrel system, strengthening the system of checks and balances over public funds, prohibiting certain acts, and providing penalties therefore?"

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Pass the Freedom of Information Act – the Right, the Left and Center all urge President Aquino

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Analysis by Raïssa Robles - In the wake of President Benigno Aquino’s State of the Nation Address (SONA), various groups have made their voices heard about what they want from the president in his last two years in office. They’re all united in one thing: They want the Freedom of Information Act (FOI) passed. Big business wants it, the moderate Left wants it. So does the extreme Left.

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Read for yourself the actual motion for reconsideration on DAP

By Raïssa Robles - I asked the Office of the Solicitor General for a copy of the Motion for Reconsideration (MR) on the Disbursement Acceleration Program or DAP. Other reporters were earlier given the same documents. I have decided to upload these documents so that you can directly read them and make your own conclusions. The MR consists of the actual 52-page petition and five annexes.

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Fr. Joaquin Bernas probably forgot the Admin Code came AFTER the 1987 Constitution

By Raissa Robles - Father Joaquin Bernas, a constitutionalist and Jesuit priest whom I deeply respect, has posted a short note on his Facebook page presumably commenting about my legal arguments on DAP.

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President Aquino’s dead mom, President Cory, may yet save her son from jail over DAP

And why there are grounds for Supreme Court to review its decision on DAP - Exclusive by Raïssa Robles - Could the Supreme Court be wrong? Are President Benigno Aquino’s actions about the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) constitutional after all? I ask these questions because I’m looking over something Aquino’s mother, President Cory, signed in 1987.

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Does ex-Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile look deathly ill to you?

By Raissa Robles - Old age and declining health are reasons the former Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile cited for the court to grant him bail... In short, the doctor is saying Enrile's health would be greatly at risk if he were to be confined at the police custodial center all by himself. The evidence out there, however, speaks louder than the doctor's medical certificate.

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Enrile’s own words contradict his pork defense

Exclusive by Raïssa Robles Veteran lawyer Estelito Mendoza has a simple argument for getting his client, former Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile, off the hook in his pork barrel theft case. Mendoza told the anti-graft court Sandiganbayan last Friday that not one of the whistle-blowers ever witnessed Enrile accepting any kickback coming from Janet Lim Napoles. Not one.

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