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Senate can reject Con-ass resolution and SC can’t do anything about it – Sotto

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The Senate cannot be charged for abuse of discretion if members of the House of Representatives will attempt to bring before the Supreme Court the issue on Charter change (Cha-cha) and challenge the upper chamber on the issue of convening in joint session and in voting jointly on proposed amendments.

Senate Majority Leader Vicente Sotto III said former SC Chief Justice Reynato Puno told senators that the upper chamber can thumb down the move of the lower house.

“Any of the two Houses of Congress can say ‘no’ and there’s nothing that the SC can do if we say ‘no’ because it’s a political decision,” he said.

“Ang (lower) house din, kung meron kaming palabasin dito at sinabi nilang no, wala rin. Pag may nagdala sa SC, babasura, well that’s
according to former CJ (Puno),” Sotto said.

The majority leader told reporters in an interview that they did not see it coming, the House Concurrent Resolution No. 9, which seeks to convene Congress into Con-Ass. The resolution could likely be transmitted to the Senate for approval or rejection later on.

“Ni hindi namin alam na meron silang reso na pinag uusapan eh. (But) hindi kami nagulat. We were just informed na nag pass sila ng resolution calling for Con-Ass,” he said.

“I don’t think it will influence us into anything. We will still, and based on our caucus and our decision, we will still proceed with our regular system, yung system na alam namin – mag he hearing kami, pakinggan namin lahat ng dapat pakinggan at dedesisyunan thereafter,” Sotto added.