Sunday, June 04, 2006
On one hand the Executive branch says the new deal is a not a major shift but mearly a definition of roles and terms under existing treaties. On the other hand the Philippine senate says the people through the Senate have the right of review over all maters pertaining to new treaties as defined by the constitution.
Sun.Star, The Philippines Department of Justice (DOJ) insisted that the new security agreement reached between the Philippines and the US is an executive agreement thus it does not … 
… THE AGREEMENT between the Philippines and the United States to set up a Security Engagement Board (SEB) for “nontraditional security concerns” like terrorism and pandemic outbreaks should be ratified by the Senate before it can be implemented, Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago said … 
 … The Philippines and the United States Establish Security Engagement Board
Foreign Affairs Secretary Alberto G. Romulo, Defense Secretary Avelino J. Cruz, Jr., and US Ambassador to the Philippines Kristie A. Kenney announced the establishment of the Security Engagement Board (SEB), a new security consultative mechanism for RP-US cooperation on non-traditional security concerns. … 
Based on the statements all parties have points - it is "a new board" - under an existing treaty so not a new treaty.
However in fairness to the mandate the senate has to review all international agreements under the concept of the right of the people to see any agreements entered into on their behalf.
A review is within the realm of law. EO 464 does not exempt agreements from appearing before the chamber.
Afterall the key element of democracy is checks and balance. At a time when the autonomy of the diplomat, technocrat, and, soldier in the USA is increasingly being reviewed by the US Senate and House.
The Autonomous extent of those government being reviewed - and I mean - in this case both in the USA or here when security concerns or intelligence issues are raised is one aspect of Democracy that cannot be ignored. Even if only at closed door senate level if security concerns are raised that may be sensitive.
Speaking of the sensitive a new poster out is all the rage on cell phones, forums, and, blogs
I wonder if the writers of my old channel Studio 23's Wazup-Whats-up are going to do a documentary on this topic.
It sure would be a nice though if the show went beyond slapstick huimor and went into real heavy satire. This one below is a perfect realm for them to look into. But would the news spoof show have the guts to do this kind of story? Not just a few laughs but a genuine hard satire of it all. Ala 'Sic o clock news' of old.
I remember when Bad Banana's and Abagan ng Susunood ng Kabatanata on Channel 2; when it started did a great job on the concenpts of the day. No one was spared until 'the onion skined set' put in pressure on some to 'tone it down'.
If there would be a perfect men for a John Stewart "Comedy central of the Philippines" type of show would be in my opinion Mark Logan & Tony Velasquez. that would rate 30 daily it might even come out nightly on the main channel 2.
… The De Venecia Code
I KNEW it. Sooner or later, in typical Pinoy parody fashion, the poster of the film adaptation of Dan Brown’s highly controversial book “The Da Vinci Code” will be appropriated to satirize a burning local political issue. …