No quorum at Senate, too
Published by the Visayan Daily Star Publications, Inc.
|NINFA R. LEONARDIA|
Editor-in-Chief & President
NIDA A. BUENAFE
MAJA P. DELY
ANTONIO L. LEONARDIA|
Not known to most Filipinos is the fact that the Senate has failed to pass three important resolutions before it adjourned Thursday. These were resolutions that involved extradition treaties with three countries that had been filed, but were not acted on because of a lack of quorum.
Now, we all know that we have seen many cases involving Filipinos who have committed crimes in other countries, and citizens of other countries who have also been involved in misdeed in ours, but could not be subjected to the processes of justice because they have sought refuge in other countries. The solution to that would have to be the existence of an extradition treaty, that would enable our government to seek the repatriation of a suspect, or even a convicted person, so that the former can be properly charged in court, and the latter can serve the sentence meted to him or her
It is demoralizing to know that our senators could not spare the time to work on those resolutions that had already gone through the proper committee, and were reportedly ready for ratification. The reason that there was no quorum makes a sad commentary on the attitude of our lawmakers who, even in these, the last few days of the tenure of some, cannot spare the time to act on such important measures.
The extradition treaties up for ratification involve India, Spain and the United Kingdom. Of course there are many other countries with which we should also have similar treaties, but having these three would have been a good start.
Now these measures will have to wait for the 16th Congress that opens July 2. They will also have to be refiled, and go through the process all over again. All because some of our Senators couldn’t bother to stay and see them through.
What a pity.*