Speaker: No constituent assembly at SONA

MANILA, Philippines – Speaker Prospero Nograles downplayed yesterday allegations of former Speaker Jose de Venecia Jr. that administration lawmakers would use the joint session of Congress when President Arroyo delivers her State of the Nation Address (SONA) next week to convene a constituent assembly or con-ass and introduce amendments to the Constitution.

“There is no factual and/or legal basis for this unnecessary warning from the former Speaker,” Nograles said.

Malacañang branded yesterday as “outrageous” De Venecia’s allegations, while senators renewed their threat to walk out of the joint session if it is turned into a con-ass.

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