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Escudero raises ‘unique legal quandary’ over Marcos’ first veto

/ 11:41 AM July 04, 2022
Escudero raises 'unique legal quandary' over Marcos' first veto

Senator Francis “Chiz” Escudero. FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines — Senator Francis “Chiz” Escudero raised what he called a “unique legal quandary” over the first veto of President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. against a bill passed by Congress under the previous administration.

“I am uncertain if PBBM (President Bongbong Marcos) can veto a bill passed by the “previous” Congress (when he was not yet President),” Escudero said in a tweet Sunday.

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“If he can’t sign it (because the signatories will be composed of past/present officials that didn’t serve at the same time), can he veto it? [It’s] a unique legal quandary,” he added.

In response to Escudero’s tweet, former Senate President Vicente Sotto II said Marcos “can.”

“It has happened before,” Sotto added.

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“For one, Erap (former president Joseph Estrada) to GMA (former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo), GMA vetoed some bills passed during Erap’s time,” he told INQUIRER.net in a message.

While Escudero made no mention of the bill he was referring to, Marcos, over the weekend, vetoed a bill seeking to establish and grant tax perks to the proposed Bulacan Airport City Special Economic Zone and Freeport.

Sotto, in a separate tweet, said former President Rodrigo Duterte should have signed the Bulacan airport ecozone bill, which he said was supposed to lapse into law this week.

Senators and a House lawmaker said they intend to refile the vetoed bill.

For Albay Rep. Joey Salceda, he stressed the need to make the measure “clearer” and to provide “conventional checks and balances” under it.

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