3 Extradition Treaties Await Senate OK
Manila, Philippines --- The incoming chairman of the Senate foreign relations committee has to refile resolutions on three extradition treaties that the Senate, in the incoming 16th Congress, set to open July 22, will have to ratify.
Because of the lack of quorum in the last day of the two-day plenary session before the Senate adjourned sine die Thursday night, the 24-member Senate failed to concur on the three treaties.
Sen. Loren Legarda, the outgoing chairperson of the Senate foreign relations committee, said she conducted hearings and filed the resolutions on the three international treaties.
Senate Majority Leader Vicente Sotto III agreed with Legarda that the resolutions on the three treaties that require concurrence by the Upper Chamber would have to be refiled by the new committee chairperson in July.
Legarda said she was not impressed by the failure of the Senate to ratify the three treaties claiming the lack of the required number of senators to constitute a quorum.
Embassy officials of the three countries awaiting concurrence by the Senate of the treaties left the Senate guest box when they saw that there was no possibility to muster 16 votes needed to ratify them.
At one time, the most number of senators at the Senate session hall was 15, but decreased as time ticked away.
The extradition treaties involved the countries of India, Spain and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.
Before the 15h Congress adjourned Thursday, Legarda reported her accomplishments as Senate foreign relations committee head in a span of two years in the 15th Congress. …