By JOSEPH G. LARIOSA
(© 2017 Journal GlobaLinks)
CHICAGO (JGL) – Party-List Rep. Salvador B. Belaro, Jr., a former law dean in the Philippines, said here June 12 on
Independence Day celebration in Chicago, Illinois that there can be no constitutional crisis between Congress and the Supreme Court as far as constitutionality of the declaration of martial law and suspension of habeas corpus in Mindanao are concerned.
In a video interview with this reporter, Mr. Belaro, a Party-List Representative of 1-Ang Educasyon, said as far as the provision of the Constitution that says that “The Congress, if not in session, shall, within 24 hours following such proclamation or suspension, convene in accordance with its rules without need of a call,” there can be no constitutional crises because Congress did not violate the constitution when it did not convene 24 hours after the declaration.
RAISING THE FLAG:
THE HUGE PHILIPPINE FLAG is on its way to the top during the flag-raising ceremonies June 12 Independence Day at the Daley Plaza in the heart of Chicago, Illinois. (JGL Photo by Arneil Torres of the Philippine Consulate)
The 47-year-old native of Iriga City in Bikol region said because the Constitution imposes a “self-limiting deadline or time within 60 days ay karapatan ng presidente (is the right of the President). Ang karapatan naman ng Congress ay (The right of Congress) to review it but such review is not compulsory.
REP. SALVADOR B. BELARO, JR. delivers his remarks during the flag-raising ceremonies June 12 Independence Day at the Daley Plaza in the heart of downtown Chicago, Illinois. Listening from left are Consul Melchor P. Lalunio, Jr., Consul General Generoso D. G. Calonge, Mrs. Bernadette Reyes Belaro, Consul Erika Anna T. Abad and the Filipino American community. (JGL Photo by JOSEPH G. LARIOSA)
"In case Congress does not find it necessary to revoke or extend the proclamation, it is my opinion that as a former dean of a College of Law in the Philippines, there is no need under the Constitution to revoke martial law if Congress does not find it necessary,” according to the Assistant Majority Floor leader.
Several petitions have been filed before the Philippine Supreme Court, questioning the declaration of martial law in Mindanao.
THE PHILIPPINE FLAG (center) is flanked by the City of Chicago flag (left) and the U.S. flag after the flag-raising of the Philippine flag June 12 Independence day at the Daley Plaza in the heart of Chicago, Illinois. (JGL Photo by JOSEPH G. LARIOSA)
The latest petition is seeking issuance of a mandamus to compel Congress to convene to review the declaration. The petition was filed by former senator Rene Saguisag, former Commission on Elections chairman and constitutional commission member Christian Monsod, detained Sen. Leila de Lima, former congresswoman Loretta Ann Rosales, former Philippine Health Insurance Corp. director Alexander Padilla and law professor Rene Gorospe.
Over 300 lawyers led by former solicitor general Florin Hilbay are supporting the petition.
WITH CONSULATE STAFF:
THE EMPLOYEES and officers of the Philippine Consulate General in Midwest based in Chicago, Illinois have a souvenir photo with visiting Rep. Salvador B. Belaro, Jr. (third from left seated) and his wife, Bernadette (nee: Reyes), to his left and Consul General Generoso D. G. Calonge to his right. (JGL Photo by JOSEPH G. LARIOSA)
Instead of convening within 24 hours after the declaration with a need for a call as mandated by the Constitution, the House of Representatives approved Resolution 1050 while the Senate adopted Resolution 388 expressing support for the declaration of martial law in response to the report submitted by the President as required by the Constitution last May 31.
SC TO HOLD ORAL ARGUMENTS JUNE 13 TO 15
The Supreme Court had set the petition for oral arguments from June 13 to 15 at 10 a.m.
PH FLAG BEHIND THEM:
WITH THE PHILIPPINE FLAG in between the U.S. (left) and City of Chicago flags behind them, Consul Erika Anna T. Abad is being sandwiched by Consul Melchor P. Lalunio, Jr. (right) and Consular staff Alvar Rosales on June 12 Independence Day at the Daley Plaza after the flag-raising ceremonies. (JGL Photo by JOSEPH G. LARIOSA)
Members of the minority in the House of Representatives led by Albay Rep. Edcel Lagman had earlier asked the High Court nullify the martial law declared by President Duterte on May 23.
Respondents in the petition are Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea and Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, administrator of martial law, to submit their comments on the petition on or before June 12, Independence Day.
TOP OFFICERS OF THE CONSULATE:
CONSULAR OFFICERS of the Philippine Consulate General in Midwest based in Chicago, Illinois bring out their best smiles after the flag-raising ceremonies on June 12 Independence Day in front of the iconic Picasso sculpture together with Rep. Salvador B. Belaro, Jr. and his wife, Bernadette, and Consul General Generoso D.G. Calonge (second from left). Others in photo are Deputy Consul General Romulo Victor M. Israel, Jr. (extreme left) and Consuls Erika Anna T. Abad and Melchor P. Lalunio, Jr. (extreme right). (JGL Photo by JOSEPH G. LARIOSA)
Mr. Belaro, who was invited by Consul General Generoso De Guzman Calonge to attend the celebrations of the 119th Philippine Independence Day in the Midwest, told those attending the flag-raising of the huge Philippine flag on the Daley Center Plaza in the heart of the Chicago that his party has filed 250 bills, half of them in favor of education, during this current Congress.
Of these bills, three major ones are awaiting the signature of President Duterte. These are the extension of passport validity from five to 10 years; free Wi-Fi Act, putting Wi-Fi in far-flung areas in the Philippines as this would revolutionize education in the Philippines; as everything is accessible by the net; ang tunay na pag-asa ng demokrasya ay nasa edukasyon (the real hope is in education); it will be the government that will be subsidizing the bill; department of communications technology will add budget so Wi-Fi will be free in public places. The two others are bills for free college education and another extending professional licenses.
WITH MEDIA TYPES:
FILIPINO AMERICAN community journalists do not want to be left behind in having a photo in front of the irresistible Picasso sculpture after the flag-raising ceremonies on June 12 Independence Day. Photo from right are photojournalist Edna Pavel, Anong Santos of Pinoy Newsmagazine, Mrs. Bernadette Reyes Belaro and her husband, Rep. Salvador B. Belaro, Jr., Elsie Sy-Niebar of Via Times Newsmagazine, Consul General Generoso D. G. Calonge, Joseph G. Lariosa of philamessenger.com, Michelle Cruiz and Bong Orcullo, both of Davao City-based Sonshine Media Network International (SMNI) founded by a friend of President Rody Duterte, Pastor Apollo Carreon Quiboloy of the Restorationist church, the Kingdom of Jesus Christ, The Name Above Every Name, Inc. (JGL Photo)
At the reception that followed in the Philippine Consulate after the flag-raising ceremonies, Mr. Belaro said his party’s motto is to make education accessible to Filipinos and make education world class to Filipinos. QuotingGive a man a fish, and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, and you feed him for a lifetime."
Saying that education is the “bank of the future,” Mr. Belaro also quoted President Roosevelt, who said, “education is the real safeguard of democracy,” adding that “if the people are receptive to democratic thoughts that’s the only lasting safeguards towards democracy that also guarantees our independence.”
WITH PHILWEEK COMMITTEE:
OFFICERS OF THE Philippine Week Committee led by Dely Villalon (second from left seated) and Susan Silvano (right, standing) pose with Rep. Salvador B. Belaro, Jr. (second from right), his wife, Bernadette Reyes Belaro (extreme right) and Consul General Generoso D. G. Calonge after the flag-raising ceremonies June 12 Independence Day. (JGL Photo by JOSEPH G. LARIOSA)
Last Saturday, Mr. Belaro, accompanied by his wife, Bernadette (nee: Reyes), also attended the 4th Annual Festival of Philippine Food, Music, Arts & Culture promoted by the Philippine American Cultural Foundation headed by Ruben Salazar held at Bolingbrook Performing Arts, Bolingbrook Village Hall & Town Center in Bolingbrook, Illinois. Philippine-based actor and singer Jericho Rosales was the featured entertainer.
REP. SALVADOR B. BELARO, JR. (fourth from left, seated) joins officers and members of the Philippine Consulate General in the Midwest led by Consul General D.G. Calonge (to Mr. Belaro’s right) and other members of the Filipino American community and guests after the flag-raising Monday, June 12, in front of the huge steel “Bird” sculpture of Picasso adorning the Daley Center Building behind. To Mr. Belaro’s left is his wife, Bernadette (nee: Reyes) while at the right of ConGen Calonge is Deputy Consul General Romulo Victor M. Israel, Jr.. (JGL Photo)
At the reception and program at the Consulate, Emily Pevnick of the office of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Thomas Choi of the office of Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner read the Independence Day messages from Mayor Emanuel and Gov. Rauner, respectively, proclaiming in the city and in the state Philippine Independence Day celebrations.