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Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Paano na tayo sa JPEPA? Transcript of Interview with Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago

Mukhang malapit na tayong maging tambakan ng mga Hapon... eto at pumayag na nga yata ng tuluyan ang Senado sa pressure ng Japanese Government. Paano na tayo? Eto ang isang panayam kay Sen. Mirriam Defensor-Santiago...

Just before my birthday the Japanese ambassador, perhaps in a desire to cultivate RP-Japan friendship, gave me a birthday present and wrote down what could be the content or the substance of a potential exchange of notes. After the Senate concurs with the Jpepa, the Senate will then direct that there should be an exchange of notes between the two governments involved, so that certain provisions of the Jpepa that have been the concerns of the protestors and objectors who appeared during my public hearing can be clarified.

The first clarification is there shall be no violation of our Constitution with respect for example to health and ecology (addressing the question of pollution), national treatment—meaning to say that Filipinos and Filipino companies should be given preferential treatment—, and with respect to other provisions of a similar nature that tend to favor Filipinos or Filipino firms.

In other words, there are provisions in our Constitution that are not squarely addressed by Jpepa. My great fear was the moment Senate concurs with Jpepa the objectors would run to the Supreme Court and question its constitutionality.

The Japanese ambassador has indicated that he is amenable to an exchange of notes that he will sign, on authority of Tokyo, where we shall enumerate what constitutional provisions are specifically exempted from the application of the Jpepa.

Wala nang objections ang mga kasamahan ko dito dahil ang Minority Leader mismo, si Sen. Pimentel, ay payag na doon sa sinabi ko. Maasahan natin na lahat ng administration senators ay pipirma pero hindi ko inaasahan na ang Minority Leader ay tatanggapin na ang mga inaalok ng Japanese government.

Kaya sa tingin ko wala nang problema sa Jpepa at magdadala ito ng dagdag na trabaho para sa ating masa.

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