3 ex-CJs among resource persons in Senate Cha-cha hearing; 3 SC justices to attend House inquiry on Sereno impeach raps

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File photo of former chief justice Reynato Puno

MANILA, Philippines — The two legislative chambers will be busy next week with two separate hearings — Charter change (Cha-Cha) at the Senate and Sereno impeachment at the House of Representatives.

On Sunday, Sen. Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan announced that during the resumption of the proposed Cha-cha at the upper chamber on Monday, former Supreme Court chief justices Reynato Puno, Hilario Davide Jr. and, Artemio Panganiban, and former Senate president Aquilino Pimentel Jr. would be among the 51 persons invited by the Senate to become resource speakers.

At the lower chamber, House Committee on Justice Chairman Reynaldo Umali said the same day that three high court justices — Lucas Bersamin, Diosdado Peralta, and Samuel Martires — would attend the hearing on the complaint filed by lawyer Larry Gadon against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno.

At the Senate, Pangilinan, stressed “the need to hear the voice of wisdom of as many sectors as possible because the implications of a revised or amended Constitution are deep and far-reaching.”

“No one chamber of Congress can do it alone. The changes should also come from the people,” Pangilinan, chairman of the Senate Committee on Constitutional Amendments and Revision of Codes.

Besides the three former top magistrates and Pimentel, the Senate also invited other former justices and former members of the 1986 Constitutional Commission, members of the academe, representatives of sectors and of the executive branch.

They are:
1. ANTONIO B. NACHURA
Former Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the Philippines

2. VICENTE V. MENDOZA
Former Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the Philippines

3. ADOLFO S. AZCUNA
Former Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the Philippines

4. CHRISTIAN S. MONSOD
Member, 1986 Constitutional Commission

5. JOSE LUIS MARTIN GASCON
Commissioner, Commission on Human Rights

6. RENE V. SARMIENTO
Member, 1986 Constitutional Commission

7. FELICITAS AQUINO-ARROYO
Member, 1986 Constitutional Commission

8. RICARDO ROMULO
Member, 1986 Constitutional Commission

9. BERNARDO VILLEGAS
Member, 1986 Constitutional Commission

10. FLORANGEL ROSARIO BRAID
Member, 1986 Constitutional Commission

11. SALVADOR MEDIALDEA, executive secretary, Office of the President

12. SALVADOR PANELO, chief legal counsel, Office of the President

13. ERNESTO M. PERNIA, National Economic and Development Authority director-general

14. ADELINO SITOY, secretary, Presidential Legislative Liaison Office

15. DANILO L. CONCEPCION, president, University of the Philippines

16. PACIFICO AGABIN, former dean of the UP College of Law

17. FLORIN HILBAY, associate professor, UP-College of Law

18, RAPHAEL P.M. LOTILLA, chair, Center for the Advancement of Trade Integration and Facilitation

19. JORGE V. TIGNO, UP Department of Political Science, College of Social Science and Philosophy, UP-Diliman

20. MARIA FE VILLAMEJOR-MENDOZA, dean, UP National College of Public Administration and Governance

21. TERESA S. ENCARNACION TADEM, executive director, UP Center for Integrative and Development Studies

22. MARIA ELA L. ATIENZA, chair, Department of Political Science, University of the Philippines Diliman

23. SEDFREY M. CANDELARIA, dean Ateneo de Manila University School of Law

24. RONALD U. MENDOZA, dean, Ateneo de Manila University School of Government

25. ANTONIO LA VIÑA, former dean, Ateneo de Manila University School of Government

26. MELENCIO STA. MARIA, dean, FEU- Institute of Law

27. BENEDICTO R. BACANI, executive director, Institute for Autonomy and Governance, Notre Dame University

28. ABDIEL DAN ELIJAH S. FAJARDO, chairman of the board, Integrated Bar of the Philippines

29. ARCHBISHOP ROMULO G. VALLES, president, Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines

30. MANUEL M. LAZARO, chairman, Philippine Constitution Association

31. RAMONCITO S. FERNANDEZ, president, Management Association of the Philippines

32. EDMUND TAYAO, executive director, Local Government Development Foundation

33. GERARDO SICAT, fellow, Foundation for Economic Freedom
Fellow

34. AL OXALES, consultant, PDP Laban Federalism Institute Study Group

35. EDGAR O. CHUA, chairman, Makati Business Club

36. GEORGE T. BARCELON, president, Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry

37. RAMON C. CASIPLE, executive director, Institute for Political and Electoral Reform

38. AMINA RASUL-BERNARDO, president, Philippine Center for Islam and Democracy

39. GOVERNOR RYAN LUIS V. SINGSON, president, League of Provinces of the Philippines

40. MAYOR EDGARDO D. PAMINTUAN, national president, League of Cities of the Philippines

41. MAYOR MARIA FE V. BRONDIAL, national president, League of Municipalities of the Philippines

42. EDMUND R. ABESAMIS, national president, Liga ng mga Barangay sa Pilipinas

43. TEODORO A. CASIÑO, Bagong Alyansang Makabayan

45. MARIE HAZEL LAVITORIA, executive director, Saligan

46. RUBEN TORRES, president, Trade Union Congress of the Philippines

47. ISAGANI SERRANO, Social Watch Philippines

48. KHRYZZA MAE PINZON, national chair, Student Council Alliance of the Philippines