Trillanes: Enrile caught lying again on baselines law claim

Senator Antonio “Sonny” F. Trillanes IV on Monday presented Senate records to prove that  he was the principal author of the baselines law in the Senate, debunking claims by Senator Juan Ponce Enrile that Trillanes merely copied his  version of the archipelagic baselines bill, which was later enacted as Republic Act No. 9522.

According to the official records of the 14th Congress of the Senate, Trillanes filed the first version of the baselines bill, Senate Bill No. (SBN) 1467, on 14 August 2007.

The other senators who filed their versions of the bill were former Senator Aquilino “Nene” Pimentel (SBN 2144, filed on 26 March 2008) Senator Edgardo Angara (SBN 2184, filed on 22 April 2008), former Senator Rodolfo Biazon, (SBN 2215, filed on 29 April 2008) and Enrile (SBN 2216, filed on 29 April 2008).

“This clearly shows that Sen. Enrile was only the fifth senator to file a similar bill, eight and a half months after I filed my baselines bill. The substitute bill, SBN 2699, which was sponsored by the Committee on Foreign Relations, further acknowledges the fact that I am the principal author of the Philippine Baselines Law at the Senate,” Trillanes added.

The young senator further noted that it was the Committee on Foreign Relations, chaired by Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago, which sponsored the baselines bill, contrary to the claim of Enrile that he sponsored the measure.

“These records do not lie. Once again, Senator Enrile has been caught lying on an issue just so he could destroy other people’s reputations and divert the public’s attention, “Trillanes said. #

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LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:

14th Congress
Senate Bill No. 2699

ARCHIPELAGIC BASELINES LAW OF THE PHILIPPINES

Filed on November 10, 2008 by Trillanes IV, Antonio "Sonny" F.Pimentel Jr., Aquilino Q.Angara, Edgardo J.Biazon, Rodolfo G.Enrile, Juan PonceDefensor Santiago, Miriam

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Long title: AN ACT TO AMEND REPUBLIC ACT NO. 3046, AS AMENDED BY REPUBLIC ACT NO. 5446, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES

Legislative status: Approved by the President of the Philippines (3/10/2009)

Subject(s)

Archipelagic Baselines
Unclos (U.N. Convention on the Law of the Sea)

Primary committee: Foreign Relations

Secondary committee: Finance; National Defense and Security

Committee report: No. 225 - Archipelagic Baselines (11/10/2008)

Sponsor(s)

Defensor Santiago, Miriam

Document certification: Immediate (1/19/2009)

Floor activity

Date

Parliamentary status

Senator(s)

1/27/2009

Interpellation

Pimentel Jr., Aquilino Q.
Cayetano, "Companera" Pia S.

1/27/2009

Period of Committee Amendments Closed
Reconsideration of the Period of Committee Amendments;

 

1/27/2009

Sponsorship Speech

Defensor Santiago, Miriam

1/27/2009

Period of Interpellation Closed

 

1/27/2009

Period of Committee Amendments

 

1/27/2009

Period of Individual Amendments Closed

 

 

Legislative History

Entitled:

AN ACT TO AMEND REPUBLIC ACT NO. 3046, AS AMENDED BY REPUBLIC ACT NO. 5446, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES

[ SECOND REGULAR SESSION, 14TH CONGRESS ]

[ 2008 ]

11/10/2008

Prepared and submitted jointly by the Committee(s) on FOREIGN RELATIONS, FINANCE and NATIONAL DEFENSE AND SECURITY with Senator(s) ANTONIO "SONNY" F. TRILLANES IV, AQUILINO Q. PIMENTEL JR., EDGARDO J. ANGARA, RODOLFO G. BIAZON,JUAN PONCE ENRILE and MIRIAM DEFENSOR SANTIAGO as author(s) per Committee Report No. 225, recommending its approval in substitution of SBNos. 1467, 2144, 2181, 2215 and 2216;

11/11/2008

Sponsor: Senator MIRIAM DEFENSOR SANTIAGO;

11/11/2008

Committee Report calendared for Ordinary Business;

[ 2009 ]

1/26/2009

Certified by the President of the Philippines for its IMMEDIATE enactment on 01/19/2009;

1/27/2009

Transferred from Ordinary Business to Special Order;

1/27/2009

Sponsorship speech of Senator MIRIAM DEFENSOR SANTIAGO;

1/27/2009

Interpellation of Senator(s) AQUILINO Q. PIMENTEL JR. and "COMPANERA" PIA S. CAYETANO;

1/27/2009

Period of interpellation closed;

1/27/2009

Period of committee amendments;

1/27/2009

Period of committee amendments closed;

1/27/2009

Period of individual amendments closed;

1/27/2009

Reconsideration of the period of committee amendments;

1/27/2009

Period of committee amendments;

1/27/2009

Period of committee amendments closed;

1/27/2009

Approved on Second Reading with Amendments;

1/28/2009

Reconsideration of the approval on Second Reading;

1/28/2009

Period of committee amendments;

1/28/2009

Period of committee amendments closed;

1/28/2009

Period of individual amendments closed;

1/28/2009

Approved on Second Reading with amendments;

1/28/2009

Approved on Third Reading;

1/28/2009

In favor: (15)Senators Aquino, Cayetano (A.), Cayetano (P.), Defensor Santiago, Enrile, Escudero, Gordon, Honasan, Lacson, Lapid, Legarda, Madrigal, Pangilinan, Pimentel, Jr., and Zubiri; Against: N o n e; Abstention: N o n e;

1/29/2009

Sent to the House of Representatives requesting for concurrence;

2/2/2009

House of Representatives requested the Senate for a conference on the disagreeing provisions of SBN-2699 and HBN-3216, and designated Speaker Nograles, Representatives Cuenco (A.), Ablan Jr. (R.), Lopez (J.), Mitra (A.K.), Hofer (A.), and Alvarez (A.), on the part of the Majority and Representatives Zamora (R.), Golez (R.), Marcos Jr. (F.) and Antonino-Custodio (D.) on the part of the Minority, as its conferees to the Bicameral Conference Committee;(See: O.B. dated February 4, 2009);

2/3/2009

Senate agreed to the request of the House of Representatives for a conference on the disagreeing provisions of SBN-2699 and HBN-3216, and designated Senators Enrile, Biazon, Honasan, Lacson, Legarda, Roxas, Arroyo and Pangilinan as its conferees to the Bicameral Conference Committee;

2/4/2009

House of Representatives elected Representatives Bichara (A.F.), Fua (O.), and Remulla (J.C.) as additional conferees to the Bicameral Conference Committee on February 3, 2009;

2/17/2009

Conference Committee Report submitted to the Senate, recommending that SBN-2699 in consolidation with HBN-3216, be approved as reconciled;

2/17/2009

Sponsorship speech of Senator Enrile on the Conference Committee Report;

2/17/2009

Conference Committee Report Approved by the Senate;

2/25/2009

Conference Committee Report approved by the House of Representatives on February 17, 2009;

2/25/2009

Enrolled copies of the consolidated version of SBN-2699 and HBN-3216, sent to the House of Representatives for the signature of the Speaker and the Secretary General;

3/4/2009

Enrolled copies of the consolidated version of SBN-2699 and HBN-3216, received by the Senate already signed by the Speaker and the Secretary General of the House of Representatives

3/4/2009

Enrolled copies of the consolidated version of SBN-2699 and HBN-3216, sent to the Office of the President of the Philippines, for the signature and approval of Her Excellency President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo;

4/13/2009

Approved and signed into law in consolidation with HBN-3216, by the President of the Philippines, Her Excellency President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo on March 10, 2009, and became;

4/13/2009

REPUBLIC ACT NO. 9522.

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