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Calida asks SC for extension to comment on petition to unseat 8 senators: Dami kong trabaho!

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Solicitor General Jose Calida has asked the Supreme Court (SC) for more time in filing a comment over a petition which has been seeking to unseat eight senators.

In his motion, Calida asked the SC to give him until December 9 to file the comment “due to the heavy workload of the undersigned counsel.”

Calida is the counsel of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) which has been named as a respondent in the petition filed by a group lawyers.

In the petition, the SC was asked “to compel respondent Commission on Elections (Comelec) to enforce the provisions of the 1987 Constitution on the term limit of elective officials under sections 4 and 7, Article VI thereof…”

The petitioners pointed out “sections 4 and 7, Article VI, 1987 Constitution are species of anti-dynasty legislation.”

“Sections 4 and 7, Article VI, 1987 Constitution respectively mention the term limit on senators and members of the House of Representatives, namely, ‘a Senator shall not serve for more than two consecutive terms’ and ‘ a Member of the House of Represenatatives shall not serve for more than three consecutive terms’,” read the petition.

The petitioners noted out that currently there are eight “termed out” senators, namely, Senators Vicente Sotto III, Franklin Drilon, Panfilo Lacson, Francis Pangilinan, Lito Lapid, Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr., Pia Cayetano and Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III.

“The plain text of those provisions never mention at all that a senator or a member of the House of Representatives, as the case may be, may be elected for a third term after ‘two consecutive terms’ or for a fourth term after three consecutive terms,’ on the contingency of ‘hibernation’ in between,” the petitioners stressed.

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