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Friday, May 14, 2010

Proclaim early, Gullas appeals

5/14/2010 - A CEBUANO legislator is proposing that Congress hold a special session to proclaim a new president and vice president early.

Re-elected Rep. Eduardo Gullas (Cebu, 1st district) said an early proclamation will “put the entire nation at ease.”

Congress is scheduled to resume session on May 31.

“The sooner we proclaim the president-elect and the vice president-elect, the better to allow an expeditious changeover, and put the entire nation at ease,” Gullas said in a press statement.

“We are definitely looking forward to a smooth, orderly and swift transition,” he said.

Gullas sent telegrams to President Arroyo, Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile and House Speaker Prospero Nograles to propose the holding of a special session as early as next week.

Deputy House Speaker Raul del Mar (Cebu City, north district) said he supports Gullas’s proposal.

“Yes I am in favor of that because of the automated elections. The results came in earlier compared with the past. We can definitely resume our session earlier,” del Mar said.

He said that before the House of Representatives adjourned its session last Feb. 6, it scheduled resumption on May 31 to canvass the election results for president and vice president.

He said both the House and the Senate can resume session earlier to pass a concurrent resolution calling for a special session for the proclamation.

Under the Constitution, only Congress, holding a joint public session, can proclaim the president and vice president.

“There’s no point in waiting for the last regular session of Congress on May 31 to June 4 to canvass the votes and proclaim the president-elect and vice president-elect,” Gullas said.

He said when Congress last set its regular calendar, “we assumed the manual counting of votes.”

Sen. Benigno Simeon Aquino III is expected to be the country’s next president, based on partial vote counts. Many of his rivals, including Sen. Manuel Villar and former defense secretary Gilbert Teodoro Jr., have conceded the election to him.

Aquino’s running mate, Senator Mar Roxas II, is locked in a tight battle with close rival Makati Mayor Jejomar Binay.

According to the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV) tally as of 5:30 p.m. with 89.61 percent of clustered precincts counted, Binay got 13,429,660 votes while Roxas got 12,643,219 votes.

But several areas known to be the senator’s bailiwicks still have to transmit results. (SunStar)

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