Today, the Supreme Court denied with Finality the motions to reconsider its earlier decision dismissing the petition for People’s Initiative. In the words of the SC news release:
It’s final. The people’s initiative petition of petitioners Raul Lambino, et al. is dead.
Maintaining its 8-7 vote, the Supreme Court today denied with finality the motions for reconsideration of its October 25, 2006 decision dismissing the said petition to amend the 1987 Constitution through a people’s initiative.
In a four-page resolution, the Court held that the basic issues raised had already been duly passed upon and that no substantial arguments were presented to warrant the reversal of the October 25, 2006 decision. The assailed decision, penned by Justice Antonio T. Carpio, upheld the Commission on Elections’ August 31, 2006 resolution denying due course to an initiative petition to amend the Constitution by petitioners.
The Supreme Court ruled that “no substantial arguments were presented to warrant the reversal of the questioned decision”. Short and swift.
(Min. Res., GR No. 174153, Lambino and Aumentado v. Comelec; GR No. 174299, Binay, et al. v. Comelec, et al.; November 21, 2006)