From the press conference after the Senate committee on foreign relations hearing on six treaties, 5 March 2015
On the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL)
Sen. Miriam Defensor Santiago: Let’s start from the worst possible blockage to the Bangsamoro Basic Law—that is the opinion of the Supreme Court. All roads lead to the Supreme Court. You cannot emphasize certain aspects of possible negotiations between the two panels. Everything must begin and end with the Supreme Court. Unfortunately, we are dealing with the Constitution of the Philippines. The Constitution is immutable, it is unchangeable, it is non-variable. It is not like a rubber band; it does not have that flexibility. You cannot interpret it one way on Monday and interpret it another way on Friday. So we must begin the discussion on the BBL with this basic question: Is it constitutional? Continue reading
Sen. Miriam Defensor Santiago today warned that the country’s power industry has been infected by a “national-security virus,” as she revealed that China has a stake in the company managing electricity transmission systems in the Philippines.
The senator said that a firm run by the Chinese government, the Philippines’ rival in a bitter territorial dispute over the West Philippine Sea, holds 40 percent of the capital stock of the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP).
The NGCP is the private firm operating the country’s transmission system, the mechanism used to distribute electricity from generators to millions of consumers. “It is the core or the heart of the electric power industry,” Santiago said. Continue reading
Sen. Miriam Defensor Santiago today said that the bloody clash that killed 44 police commandos in Mamasapano, Maguindanao showed lack of sincerity and confidence of both the Philippine government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) in the ongoing peace negotiations. Continue reading
Sen. Miriam Defensor Santiago, a widely recognized expert in international law, said that the recent massacre of some 44 policemen by the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) makes the military commander and other superior officials responsible for war crimes under the charter of the International Criminal Court, which hears cases against heads of state and the top-ranking military commanders. Continue reading
Sen. Miriam Defensor Santiago, chair of the Senate committee on constitutional amendments and revision of codes, started public hearings on the constitutionality of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) by using the debate format. Continue reading