Speaker Prospero Nograles yesterday said the Supreme Court’s recent decision to maximize party-list representation in Congress underscores the vibrancy of constitutional democracy in the Philippines, a press release from his office said.
Decisions of the nation’s highest court form part of the laws of the land that must be respected. The rule of law must always reign supreme, Nograles said after he administered Tuesday the oath of office to 25 of the 32 new party-list representatives.
Even with the “physical and funding” constraints now encountered by the House of Representatives, Nograles assured that his leadership would surely follow the mandate of the law.
We will find ways and means to implement the decision of the highest court. We are just waiting for the procedural requirements to be completed and submitted by the other party list members-in-waiting before they can formally assume their new role, the House leader said.
Noting the joint disqualification petition filed by militant party-list leaders against new Rep. Jovito Palparan of party-list BANTAY, the House leader took it as an acid test to the country’s legal and constitutional processes, the press release said.
“Ours is a democracy. It is their right to protest using existing legal remedies. Likewise, the subject of their protest also has the right to defend himself under our laws,” he said, adding that “the bottom line is for justice to be served.”*
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