On Twitter, Senator Chiz Escudero tweeted expressing doubt whether President BBM can veto a bill passed by the “previous” Congress when he was not yet President.
If he can sign it (because the signatories will be composed of present/past officials that didn’t serve at the same time) can he veto it? It’s unique legal quandary, Escudero wrote.
In that regard, Atty. Bruce Rivera can’t help but make a comment on Senator Escudero’s tweet that as a lawyer himself, there must no uncertainty on his part.
Atty. Rivera asked his readers how to interpret the Constitution? Isn’t it in favor of the discharge of functions of the office that is self-executing and mandatory if not provided otherwise explicitly.
In theory, Atty. Rivera argued, that PBBM is an extension of PRRD because that is the intent. Continuity is the rule of the thumb.
Meanwhile, Atty. Rivera remarked that Senator Escudero’s argument looks very stupid. The former Congress can submit a law but it is not okay for the incumbent President to veto it. He called this argument preposterous if not illogical.
Atty. Bruce conceded that Sen. Escudero is posing a legal query but the every repugnant question is, why the last minute effort to sneak in the bill? Is it life and death that it cannot wait?
Atty. Bruce ended the FB post saying that the crocs have just revealed their interest.
You may now read Atty. Bruce original FB post below.
Abogado si Sen. Chiz so dapat walang uncertainty. Paano ba ang interpretation sa Constitution, di ba in favor of the discharge of functions of the office na self-executing and mandatory if not provided otherwise explicitly.
PBBM is in theory, an extension of PRD kasi yan naman ang intent. Continuity is the general rule.
Second, di ba tanga lang. Pwede magsubmit ng law ang dating Congress pero di pwede i veto ng kasalukuyang Pangulo. That is preposterous if not illogical.
It may be a legal query but ang mas nakakarimarim na tanong, bakit hinabol ng last minute? Life and death ba na di makahintay.
Ayan, napaghahalata ang interes ng mga buwaya.
Source: Bruce V. Rivera