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On the Necessity of Charter Change – Transcript of interview – 17 February 2011

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On the Senate committee on constitutional amendments hearing on the necessity of Charter change

Palagi na lang sinasabi na magkaroon tayo ng Cha-cha, pero wala namang katuturan iyon e kasi una, hindi nila naiintindihan kung ano ang ibig sabihin ng constitutional law, at, pangalawa, may political agenda, may mga motibo silang pampulitika tungkol sa charter change. Pero ngayon, ang dating chief justice ng supreme court, na wala naman sa pulitika, ay nagmumungkahi na palitan na ang konstitusyon, kaya yan ang dahilan kung bakit ang senate committee on constitutional amendments ay nag-umpisa ng mga hearing, at minabuti namin na makinig muna sa mga talagang marurunong na tao. Sila na siguro ang pinakamarunong na dalubhasa sa constitution at wala sila sa pulitika: itong dating Chief Justice puno, dating Chief Justice Florentino Feliciano–sa abroad, iginagalang iyang si Justice Feliciano, dito lang sa ating bayan hindi siya kilala. Tapos si Justice Mendoza , si dating UP President Dr. Jose Abueva,  si Dean Merlin Magallona ng UP College of Law, at si Prof. Rodolfo Azcuna na naging kasapi ng dalawang constitutional commissions. Ngayon makikita niyo itong mga dalubhasa mukhang gusto talaga nilang palitan ang ating Saligang Batas, at karamihan sila gusto ng parliamentary form of government.

Ngayon meron isang siguro siya na ang pinakamarunong at matalino sa lahat dahil siya na rin ang pinakamatanda sa kanilang lahat, sabi niya huwag tayong magmadali na buksan natin ang exploitation of natural resources o ang paggamit ng ating likas na yaman na ibigay natin sa dayuhan sa paniniwala natin na magkakaroon tayo ng kapital, huwag tayong magmadali diyan sabi niya. Kaya he is warning us about the desire to subordinate our national interest for the sake of getting the dollars from foreign investors.

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Discussing the Necessity of Charter Change: Introducing the Experts

Here are the profiles of the constitutional experts who will lecture at the inaugural hearing of the Senate committee on constitutional amendments on “The Necessity of Charter Change.”

The hearing will be held this Thursday, 17 February 2011, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon at the Senate session hall and will be presided by Sen. Miriam Defensor Santiago.

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1. CHIEF JUSTICE REYNATO S. PUNO

Law degree: University of the Philippines, 1962

Educational achievements: Doctor of Juridical Science (finished all academic requirements), University of Illinois, Champaign, Urbana, USA, 1969; Master of Laws, University of California, Berkeley, California, USA, 1968; Master of Comparative Laws (valedictorian), Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas, USA, 1967

Awards:

  • UP’s Most Outstanding Law Alumnus, 1997
  • Outstanding Alumnus, UP Law, 1996
  • Ten Outstanding Young Men of the Philippines in Law, 1977
  • Recipient, American Jurisprudence Prizes for excellence in Comparative Private International Law, U.S. Constitutional Structures, International Organization and Problems in Doing Business Abroad, given by the Lawyers Cooperative Publishing Co., New York and the Bancroft Whitney Publishing, Inc., 1966 to 1967

Former positions:

  • SC Chief Justice – 8 December 2006 to 17 May 2010
  • Special Lecturer on Constitutional Law, Philippine Judicial Academy

Present positions:

  • Resident Eminent Scholar, UP Law Center
  • Member, UP Board of Regents

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