Supreme Court – NO to people’s initiative


The Philippine Supreme Court building in Manila. The Philippine Supreme Court vetoed a move to change the presidential system to a unicameral parliamentary government, dealing a blow to President Gloria Arroyo’s economic agenda.(AFP/Romeo Gacad)

The Supreme Court on Wednesday rejected anew a petition by pro-Charter change groups to amend the 1987 Constitution through a people’s initiative.

Sources told ABS-CBN News that eight justices, including Chief Justice Artemio Panganiban, voted against the petition and only seven voted for it.

Those who voted against the people’s initiative’s petition were Justices Consuelo Ynares-Santiago, Angelina Sandoval-Gutierrez, Antonio Carpio, Romeo Callejo Sr., Ma. Alicia Martinez, Conchita Carpio-Morales and Adolfo Azcuna.

Those who voted for the petition were Justices Reynato Puno, Leonardo Quisumbing, Renato Corona, Dante Tinga, Cancio Garcia, Minita Chico-Nazario and Presbiterio Velasco Jr.

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