Quoted hereunder, for your information, is a resolution of this
Court dated OCT 28 2003.
"G.R. No. 160261(Ernesto B. Francisco, Jr. vs. The House of
Representatives, represented by Speaker Jose de Venecia, The Senate,
represented by Senate President Franklin M. Drilon, Representative Gilberto C.
Teodoro, Jr. and Representative Felix William B. Fuentebella.);
G.R. No. 160262(Sedfrey M. Candelaria, Carlos P. Medina, Jr.
and Henedina Razon-Abad vs. The House of Representatives, through The Speaker
or Acting Speaker or Presiding Officer, Speaker Jose G. De Venecia,
Representative Gilberto G. Teodoro, Jr., Representative Felix William B.
Fuentebella, The Senate of the Philippines, through its President, Senate
President Franklin Drilon.);
G.R. No. 160263(Arturo M. de Castro and Soledad M. Cagampang
vs. Franklin Drilon, in his capacity as Senate President, and Jose De Venecia,
Jr., in his capacity as Speaker of the House of Representatives.);
G.R. No. 160277(Francisco I. Chavez vs. Jose De Venecia, in
his capacity as Speaker of the House of Representatives, Franklin Drilon, in
his capacity as President of the Senate of the Republic of the Philippines, Gilbert
Teodoro, Jr., Felix William Fuentebella, Julio Ledesma IV, Henry Lanot, Kim
Bernardo Lokin, Marcelino Libanan, Emmylou Taliño-Santos, Douglas Cagas,
Sherwin Gatchalian, Luis Bersamin, Jr., Nerissa Soon-Ruiz, Ernesto Nieva,Edgar Erice, Ismael Mathay , Samuel Dangwa,
Alfredo Marañon, Jr., Cecilia Carreon-Jalosjos, Agapito Aquino, Fausto Seachon,
Jr., Georgilu Yumul-Hermida, Jose Carlos Lacson, Manuel Ortega, Uliran Juaquin,
Soraya Jaafar, Wilhelmino Sy-Alvarado, Claude Bautista, Del De Guzman, Zenaida
Cruz-Ducut, Augusto Baculio, Faustino Dy III, Augusto Syjuco, Rozzano Rufino
Biazon, Leovigildo Banaag, Eric Singson, Jacinto Paras, Jose Solis, Renato
Matubo, Hermino Teves, Amado Espino, Jr., Emilio Macias, Arthur Pingoy, Jr.,
Francis Nepomuceno, Conrado Estrella III, Elias Bulut Jr., Jurdin Romualdo,
Juan Pablo Bondoc, Generoso Tulagan, Perpetuo Ylagan, Michael Duavit, Joseph
Durano, Jesli Lapus, Carlos Cojuangco, Giorgidi Aggabao, Francis Escuderro,
Rene Velarde, Celso Lobregat, Alipio Badelles, Didagen Dilangalen, Abraham
Mitra, Joseph Santiago, Darlene Antonio-Custodio, Aleta Suarez, Rodolfo Plaza,
JV Bautista, Gregorio Ipong, Gilbert Remulla, Rolex Suplico, Celia Layus, Juan
Miguel Zubiri, Benasing Macarambon, Jr., Josefina Joson, Mark Cojuangco, Mauricio
Domogan, Ronaldo Zamora, Angelo Montilla, Roseller Barinaga, Jesnar Falcon,
Reylina Nicolas, Rodolfo Albano, Joaquin Chipeco, Jr., and Ruy Elias Lopez.);
G.R. No. 160292(Herminio Harry L. Roque, Jr., Joel Ruiz
Butuyan, Ma Cecilia Papa, Napoleon C. Reyes, Antonio H. Abad, Jr., Alfredo C.
Ligon, Joan P. Serrano and Gary S. Mallari vs. Hon. Speaker Jose De Venecia Jr.
and Roberto P. Nazareno, in his capacity as Secretary General of the House of
Representatives, and The House of Representatives.); and
G.R. No. 160295(Salacnib F. Baterina and Deputy Speaker Raul
M. Gonzales vs. The House of Representatives, through the Speaker or Acting
Speaker or Presiding Officer, Speaker Jose G. De Venecia, Representative
Gilberto G. Teodoro, Jr., Representative Felix William B. Fuentebella, The
Senate of the Philippines, through Its President, Senate President Franklin
Before acting on the above-entitled petitions, Justices Puno and
Vitug offered to recuse themselves, but the Court rejected their offer.Justice Panganiban inhibited himself, but
the Court directed him to participate.
Acting on the petitions with prayers for temporary restraining
order and/or writ of preliminary injunction, the Court Resolved, without giving
due course to the petitions, to
(a)CONSOLIDATE these cases;
(b)Require respondents, as
well as the Solicitor General, to COMMENT
on the petitions within a NON-EXTENDIBLE
period of five (5) days from the notice hereof and in any event, not later than
3 November 2003, Monday, at 4:30 in the afternoon; and
(c)SET these cases for ORAL
ARGUMENT on 5 November 2003,
Wednesday, at in the morning,
at the New Session Hall, New Supreme Court Building.
The Court calls on the petitioners and the respondents to
maintain the STATUS QUO, enjoining
the parties and all others acting for and in their behalf, to retain from
committing acts that would render the petitions moot.
Further, the Court Resolved to APPOINT the following as AMICI
(1)Former Senate President
Jovito R. Salonga;
Commissioner Joaquin G. Bernas;
(3)Justice Hugo E.
(4)Justice Florenz D.
(5)Former Minister of
Justice and Solicitor General Estelito P. Mendoza;
Commissioner Regalado E. Maambong; and
(7)Dean Raul C.
Pangalangan of the UP College of Law."