Monday, January 18, 2016

Robredo welcomes SC ruling on EDCA

LEGAZPI CITY, Jan. 16 (PNA) -- Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo, Liberal Party vice presidential bet, said she welcomes the Supreme Court (SC) ruling upholding the constitutionality of the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA) between the Philippines and the United States of America.

“We honor the SC ruling as they are mandated under the Constitution to decide and rule the legality of cases being questioned,” Robredo before thousands of supporters on Thursday afternoon at the Bicol College gymnasium.

When asked if the SC has violated the Constitution by undermining the powers of the Senate wherein the ruling was a reversal of the 1991 Senate vote booting out US bases in the Philippines, she said the three branches of government have three distinct and separate powers which are the Executive, Congress and Judiciary.

The former Camarines Sur lawmaker said that since there were separate powers among the three branches of the government, each branch might disagree with another but the SC ruling on EDCA was the final interpretation of the law, which is among the inherent powers of the highest court of the land.

She stressed that Congress had the power to enact laws, and the Executive branch had to execute or enforce the laws; while the SC was mandated to interpret the law and to render final judgment as to the constitutionality of a case.

As a lawyer, Robredo said the issue on the constitutionality of EDCA lies on the hands of the SC which, according to law, has the final say.

Robredo spoke before thousands of supporters at the Matuwid na Daan Consultation Dialogue held on Thursday in Ligao City and Daraga town.(PNA) RMA/FGS/MSA/CBD/pjn