People's Journal - Palace jab over ARMM bill parried

28 May 2011

By Bernadette E. Tamayo | People's Journal

Featured-Image-Journal-OnlineSENATOR Ferdinand Marcos Jr. cannot act on the Malacañang-backed proposal to postpone the scheduled Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao elections unless concerned Palace officials defend first before the Upper Chamber the government’s position in appointing officers-in-charge in the ARMM.

Marcos, chairman of the Senate Committee on Local Government, dismissed the allegation of Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda that he intends to “unilaterally archive” Senate Bill 2756 filed by administration Sen.Franklin Drilon postponing the ARMM polls.

“I am not familiar or privy to the workings of the Malacañang Communications Group (I’m not sure anyone is) but it’s either Mr. Lacierda is not being informed about the status of the bill and where it’s headed or he is being too clever by half by putting a spin on the issue,” Marcos said.

“I am looking forward to the opportunity to explain the committee’s report during the debate. I hope this is of some help to Mr. Lacierda’s unnecessary fretting and fussing about the bill lacking time for a vote in plenary and all kinds of worries stemming from not having been informed of the arrangements in schedules here at the Senate,” he said.

Before coming out with a committee report on SB 2756, the senator has scheduled a final hearing on the ARMM elections postponement on May 31 in which high-ranking Malacanang officials would be invited as resource persons.

“We are giving the Executive Branch of government the last say, so to speak, to explain exactly why they had made this proposal to cancel the ARMM elections scheduled for August of this year in favor of Malacanang appointees,” Marcos said.