Former Senate President Aquilino “Nene” Pimentel Jr. has opposed the stand taken by his son and namesake on the problem of convening Congress into a joint session to debate martial regulation, saying it’s required below the Constitution.
“Congress is the representative of the people and under the Constitution, it is required that they should have a joint session, joint discussion, joint deliberation. They should do their function to report to the people. That’s what they are supposed to do,” the elder Pimentel advised reporters on the Senate Thursday (June 1).
Nene’s view stand in distinction with that of Senate President Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III, who stated the Senate and House of Representatives needn’t meet in a joint session until the intention is to revoke President Rodrigo Duterte’s declaration of martial regulation.
While the House and Senate have handed separate resolutions thumbing down the proposal to satisfy in a joint session, Nene stated there’s nothing barring them from assembly collectively to debate martial regulation.
“They should listen to the people and they can only do that if they convene session,” he stated.
When advised that his place on the matter is in contradiction to that of his son, Nene stated he believes Koko hould do his responsibility and never be allowed to be influenced by him until his opinion is sought out.
“My advice to him, do what you think is right and don’t let people judge you because of what I say,” he stated.
The elder Pimentel, nonetheless, urged the general public to talk out on the matter to place stress on lawmakers.