The Philippine Star - Senate's CamSur Bill 'Moot'

26 September 2012

By Christina Mendez | The Philippine Star

Featured-Image-Philippine-StarMANILA, Philippines - The Senate's bill dividing Camarines Sur is already considered moot since its passage would not be able to beat the October 5 deadline, which is the end of the Commission on Elections' (Comelec) five-day filing of certificates of candidacy.

“In the view of many of the members of the committee, it’s moot because the filing has already taken place (by Oct. 8),” Sen. Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. said Wednesday.

Comelec chairman Sixto Brillantes has announced that the poll body is mulling to extend the filing once the split of Camarines Sur province is approved through a plebiscite

“Well that’s up to Comelec to do. I have to seek guidance from everybody and see what they want do with it,” Marcos said.

“If the filing is movable, if a special case is made for CamSur, then they will have to entertain other proposals to extend. So I don’t know what the basis will be," the senator said. "If they will be defined as a class, and a class with unusual characteristics that’s why they are distinct class and Camsur will be part of it we will still have to define that.”

Marcos said that the bill is still on the period of interpellation and that it was still uncertain when the bill will be approved by the Senate.

Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV, who has expressed utmost dissatisfaction over how the bill is supposedly being fast-tracked at the Senate, has said that he intends to interpellate at least two more once the debates resume at the plenary.

Trillanes alleged in a privilege speech last week that Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile and some of his colleagues are trying to speed up the passage of the bill.

He accused Enrile of doing a favor for former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, which sparked a word war and the eventual revelation of Enrile that Trillanes is holding backchannel talks with China regarding its dispute with Philippines on the Panatag Shoal.