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Pocket veto|Ateneo de Davao alumnus reveals President Duterte’s secret veto power against ABS-CBN’s new franchise hopes

An Ateneo de Davao alumnus warned ABS-CBN’s end is imminent even if Congress managed to pass the franchise bill, then President Duterte vetoes bill and and lastly Congress overrides Presidential veto by two-thirds vote.

Davao City resident Monching Lumantas took to Facebook to explain the scenarios he has just described.

Lumantas open the FB post with the dark news, “AND NOW, THE END IS NEAR” to ABS-CBN fans, supporters and the people who support ABS-CBN because they just hate President Duterte.

Lumantas remarked that for the past few days, like many other Filipinos, he has been listening and watching the drama unfolds, listening to the tales and testimonies from celebs and politician, especially from the camp of ABS-CBN, hoping to sway public opinion for the renewal of the ABS-CBN franchise. However, Lumantas, all these could end with a simple formal apology to the President and the Filipino people would have been noble gesture. “For the past few days, we have been listening to a litany of tales and testimonies from celebrities and politicians trying to sway sympathy for the renewal of the ABS-CBN franchise. Just recently, no less than its Chairman and President has issued a statement admitting they have “committed shortcomings and are willing to correct it”. The message was just like rubbing salt to the wound. A formal apology to the President and the Filipino people would have been noble and profound.”

Lumantas said time is running out and then painted the scenarios that will happen between now and March 30, 2020.

Lumantas remarked, that for the sake of argument, the HoR passes the bill renewing the franchise of ABS-CBN, forward it to the Senate and then eventually to Malacanang and President Duterte exercise his veto powers under Article VI, Section 27(1) of the 1987 Constitution which provides that:

“The President of the Philippines may refuse to sign a bill, sending the bill back to the House where it originated along with his objections. The President has ten days (excluding Sundays) to sign a bill passed by Congress. Congress can override the veto via a two-thirds vote with both houses voting separately, after which the bill becomes law.”

Lumantas remarked that the above provision is the regular veto, which President Duterte has used 7 times since becoming the President. “The above provision is what we call the regular veto.This is not the first time President Rodrigo Duterte has vetoed a bill. In the first half of his 6-year term, President Rodrigo Duterte has vetoed a total of 7 bills that were passed by Congress.”

But that is not what ABS-CBN should worry about but the special kind of veto unheard of by almost everyone – the POCKET VETO. Lumantas explained it very clearly below. “But, here’s the real “headache”. There is another kind of veto and it’s called the “pocket” veto. A pocket veto occurs when Congress adjourns during the ten-day period. The President cannot return the bill to Congress and Congress does not have the opportunity to override.The pocket veto then becomes an absolute veto that cannot be overridden and therefore the bill cannot become a law.”

Lumantas warned that President Duterte needs to pull it off with the cooperation of the long Holy Week vacation. “Remember, Congress is due to adjourn for a three-week Lenten recess starting March 12, 2020. So, technically speaking, the real reckoning date for the franchise to be renewed is March 12, 2020- not March 30, 2020. A bill has to be passed before March 12, 2020 and the President has ten days (excluding Sundays) to sign the bill extending the franchise.”

With that being said, Lumantas said the only way ABS-CBN will get its franchise renewed is to convince the President to do the following, “Time is running out for ABS-CBN to get out of the ICU, so to speak. There is only one(1) antidote to save it from dying – PRESIDENT RODRIGO ROA DUTERTE. Try to convince the President to certify the bill as “urgent” and Congress will act on it.”

Of course, doing the following, Lumantas insisted may help ABS-CBN’s cause.

“1. Pay the 1.6B loan granted to the Lopez Group and written off by DBP; if PAL and Mighty Corp did it, why can’t they?

2. Return the money paid by Duterte during the campaign for the ads that was never aired;

3. Make a formal apology to the President to be broadcast live on national TV.”

And of course, “pray, maybe, just maybe…the President will have a change of heart. 🤛👊🤜”


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Source: Monching Lumantas

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