By Prince Golez
Malacañang said it respects the plan of several senators to question before the Supreme Court the termination of the country’s Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) with the United States.
They have a right to do that, according to Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo.
“If they have any constitutional issue to be raised and they are uncertain of what the constitution really means, that is the job of the Supreme Court to tell us if they are right or wrong,” Panelo told reporters Monday.
“Sa atin naman, kay Presidente, if you think there is any doubt, then go to the branch that is tasked by the constitution to make a final decision on the matter,” he added.
The Palace official also expressed confidence that President Rodrigo Duterte’s decision to abrogate the VFA could withstand legal scrutiny.
“As far as we are concerned in the executive, there is no need for concurrence of the Senate because the constitution, if it’s clear to them, it is also clear to us. So, we’ll let the Supreme Court decide if they file the appropriate action in court,” said Panelo.
Senate President Vicente Sotto III had said that he, Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon, and Senators Richard Gordon and Panfilo Lacson have agreed to challenge Duterte’s move to end the VFA.