Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon is saddened by the insinuation of Senator Bong Go that there was “politics” involved in his desire to extend the operation of ABS-CBN Corporation.
Go recently questioned Drilon’s filing of Joint Resolution No. 11 and Senate Concurrent Resolution No. 6 which both seek to extend the franchise of the broadcast network beyond its expiration.
There are 11 bills pending with the House of Representatives (HoR) which aim to renew ABS-CBN’s franchise which will expire on May 4, 2020.
“I regret the statement of Senator Bong Go. Being a neophyte senator, he may not be aware of our tradition and our rules,” Drilon said on Wednesday.
“Precisely a concurrent resolution does no go through the President because it has no force and effect of a law. It is just a sense of the Senate,” he said.
Drilon added, “There is no politics here. We are not depriving the President of the right to veto or approve.”
“The right to veto or approve is in the joint resolution (SJR 11) that we filed, which has the force and effect of a law and which is also filed in the House of Representatives,” he said.
Drilon explained thata concurrent resolution simply expresses the sense of the Senate, “and therefore, does not really need the approval of the President. It is the joint resolution.”
“We regret that statement, maybe because he is not aware of the tradition and the rules in the Senate,” the senator from Iloilo said.