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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Sasot retorts Bello on smoking ban EO: 'I challenge you to file a case in SC'


Former House member Walden Bello criticized President Rodrigo Duterte’s Executive Order (EO) 26 which implements a nationwide smoking ban, saying that “it is something that should be legislated by Congress”.

Bello expressed concern over “more and more areas of public life” being “covered” by Duterte’s executive orders and not legislation of Congress which he asserts is symptomatic of a dictatorship.
Social media personality Sass Sasot retorts Bello on the EO issue he raised, saying that if he thinks the EO on the smoking ban is an abuse of executive power, he should file a case in Supreme Court questioning its constitutionality.

Sasot even provided the pertinent laws that also bans public smoking, which are also incorporated in EO 26.

She argued that Republic Acts (RA) 8749 or the Philippine Clean Air Act and 9211 or the Tobacco Regulation Act serves as the “legal basis” of EO 26.

The former House member went as far as predicting that concerned organizations who praised Duterte for the EO will later on regret it when he would pursue a dictatorship, to which Sasot simply replied, “why would people regret a measure to save their lungs?”

In her full post on Facebook Sasot said,

"Dear Walden Bello,

If you think that the Executive Order to ban smoking in public places is an abuse of executive power, I challenge you to file a case at the Supreme Court questioning its constitutionality. This is your chance, the historical defining moment of your life, to stop dictatorship on its tracks.

Do it.

Pero sana you read muna the following laws:

- RA 8749 Philippine Clean Air Act - prohibits smoking inside enclosed public places including public vehicles

- RA 9211 - Tobacco Regulation Act of 2003 - prohibits smoking in certain public places

P.S. Why would people regret a measure to save their lungs?"




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