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EXECUTIVE ORDER NO. 46


EXECUTIVE ORDER NO. 46 - CONSTITUTING THE BIPARTISAN EXECUTIVE-LEGISLATIVE ADVISORY COUNCIL ON THE SABAH ISSUE
 


WHEREAS, the Senate approved on 28 October 1992 Resolution No. 13 which provides that:

“Resolved by the Senate, to urge the President to form a Bipartisan, Legislative-Executive Advisory Committee, in consultation with the Senate President and the Speaker of the House of Representatives as regards the membership of legislators who shall sit in the Committee, to study alternative modes of pursuing the Sabah claim in the appropriate international and regional fora.

Resolved, finally, to recommend that the Department of Foreign Affairs reestablish the Sabah Office in the Department to serve as one unit in the Government to regularly monitor development on the Sabah issue and to provide assistance to the heirs of the Sultanate of Sulu.”

WHEREAS, the House of Representatives, likewise, approved on 26 November 1992 Resolution No. 19 which provides that:

“Resolved by the House of Representatives, to urge President Fidel V. Ramos to organize a bipartisan legislative-executive advisory council in consultation with the Senate President and the Speaker of the House of Representatives on the membership of legislators who will sit in the council to draft the final Philippine position on the Sabah claim including the various modes of pursuing the claim, the venue, and the schedule for implementation.” 

WHEREAS, due to the sensitivity and compity of the Sabah issue and in line with its existing policy of consultation, the Executive Branch shares the same view of a bipartisan approach in resolving the Sabah issue;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, FIDEL V. RAMOS, President of the Philippines, by virtue of the powers vested in me by law, do hereby order:

Section 1. The Council. — There is hereby constituted the Bipartisan Executive-Legislative Advisory Council, on the Sabah Issue, hereinafter referred to as the Council, composed of the following: eight (8) representatives from the Executive Branch to be designated by the President, eight (8) members of the Senate which shall include a member of the minority party, to be designated by the Senate President, eight (8) members of the House of Representatives which shall include a member of the minority party, to be designated by the Speaker of the House.

The President shall designate the Chairman of the Council.

Sec. 2. Functions. — The Council shall serve as an advisory body to the President with respect to the Philippine claim on Sabah. It shall have the following functions:

a. Formulate and recommend alternative modes of pursuing the Sabah claim in the appropriate international and regional fora;

b. Advise the President on the manner in which the Philippine claim on Sabah may be successfully pursued taking into consideration the requirements of regional harmony and cooperation;  

c. Advise the President on the attendant complications and ramifications regarding the Sabah issue.

Sec. 3. Meetings of the Council. — The President shall call the initial meeting of the Council. Thereafter, the Council shall meet as often as agreed upon by the body or as may be convened by the President.

Sec. 4. Secretariat. — The Council shall organize its Secretariat to be headed by an Executive Director who shall be the current Head of the Sabah Office of the Department of Foreign Affairs. The members of the Secretariat which shall be composed of persons designated by the Chairman and those detailed to the Council shall provide administrative staff support to the Committee.

Sec. 5. Office. — The Council shall hold office in the Department of Foreign Affairs which shall provide the Council with appropriate office space and facilities.

Sec. 6. Funding. — The Council shall be funded with an initial allocation of Five Million Pesos (P5,000,000.00) without prejudice to the Council submitting a supplemental budget, all to be drawn from the President’s Contingent Fund. Appropriations for succeeding years shall be incorporated in the budget proposals under the Department of Foreign Affairs.  

Sec. 7. Effectivity. — This Executive Order shall take effect immediately.

DONE in the City of Manila, this 11th day of January in the year of Our Lord, Nineteen Hundred and Ninety-Three.
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