Atty. Lacson discusses discoverable legal standards.
Atty. Lacson: In the Constitution, Article 8, Section 13, paragraph 2: "The spouse and relatives by consanguinity or affinity within the fourth civil degree of the President shall not, during his tenure, be appointed as Members of the Constitutional Commissions, or the Office of the Ombudsman, or as Secretaries, Undersecretaries, chairmen or heads of bureaus or offices, including government-owned or controlled corporations and their subsidiaries."
Atty. Lacson: This is to prevent nepotism and preferential treatment.
Atty. Lacson: In another SC decision, they said that consti must be interpreted as a whole.
Atty. Lacson: Phrase is as may be defined by law and not as may be defined by Congress. COMELEC's rules can be part of the law of the land. Not necessary for congress to be the one to promulgate the rule.
Atty. Lacson cites CLU vs Executive Secretary: "While it is permissible in this jurisdiction to consult the debates and proceedings of the constitutional convention in order to arrive at the reason and purpose of the resulting Constitution, resort thereto may be had only when other guides fail as said proceedings are powerless to vary the terms of the Constitution when the meaning is clear. "
Atty. Lacson: We have found sufficient legal grounds. We are almost ready with the petition. We are ready to file next week. We are testing 4 families: Pinedas in Pampanga, Villafuertes in CamSur, etc.
Atty. Lacson: As a lawyer of 17 years, I know what is compelling and what isn't. We are inviting all of you to be petitioners.
Up next: Lt. Ashley Acedillo, speaking for Sen. Antonio F. Trillanes IV
Acedillo: I ran for congressional post in 2010.
Acedillo: Based on the fact that Pres. allowed his cousin to run, that has removed moral ascendancy from President.
Acedillo: Lawyers and legislators should not be the only ones in awe of the law.
Acedillo: But law must also evolve with time.
Acedillo: We need a law to short-circuit that process. When law is finally passed, it will correct the behavior.
Acedillo: This will lead to creation of new convention.
Acedillo: Even in our national officials, in 2013 we see the prospect of two families serving together. Six out of 24 senators come from three families from a population of 100 million.
Acedillo: You have seemingly equal principles -to vote and be voted upon and giving everyone equal opportunity to serve government.
Acedillo: You literally see barangays disappearing overnight as prelude to elections.
Acedillo: There are a lot of examples. They create a travesty out of public service.
Acedillo: We need a law to prevent the perpetuation of these practices.
Acedillo: We're preaching to the choir. We're all believers. We all have to go out and educate our friends, family.
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