Senate okays resolution seeking SC logic on abrogation of treaties

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    SENATORS on Monday adopted a resolution asking the Supreme Court (SC) to define the role of the Senate in the termination of international treaties.

    Twelve senators voted in favor, none against, and seven abstained when Senate Resolution 337 was put to a vote on the floor.

    SRN 337 was introduced by Senate President Vicente Sotto III, Senate majority leader Juan Miguel Zubiri, Senate minority leader Franklin Drilon, and Senators Panfilo Lacson and Richard Gordon.

    Aside from the senators who introduced the resolution, those who voted in favor were Senators Francis Pangilinan, Risa Hontiveros, Joel Villanueva, Juan Edgardo Angara, Nancy Binay, Ralph Recto, and Manuel Lapid.

    Thos who abstained were Senators Ronald dela Rosa, Cynthia Villar, Aquilino Pimintel III, Imee Marcos, Christopher Go, Ramon Revilla Jr., and Francis Tolentino.

    Senators Manny Pacquiao and Pia Cayetano were not able to vote since they came in late.
    Sotto said they are “still finalizing” the petition that the Senate will bring before the SC, and said the earliest this can be filed will be on Thursday.

    “There is obviously a lacuna legis – an absence of any explicit provision in the 1987 Constitution – as to whether or not the concurrence of the Senate is necessary for the termination of any treaty earlier concurred in by the Body,” SRN 337 read.

    The resolution said the SC decision on the matter is very timely after President Duterte unilaterally ordered the termination of the RP-US Visiting Forces Agreement.