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Chiz calls for expanded Office of the Solicitor General scope

MANILA, Philippines — Senate President Francis Escudero urged the Office of the Solicitor General (OSG) to take a more proactive role in providing legal advice in the legislative process, constitutional issues, foreign policy and international disputes.

Escudero has challenged the OSG to broaden its scope and help shape the nation’s future by taking on roles beyond its traditional function as the government’s chief legal defender.

“It is not too late for us to think of other methods on how we can shape our history using the current and future powers, responsibilities and obligations of the Office of the Solicitor General,” the Senate President said during the 123rd founding anniversary of the OSG, where he served as the keynote speaker at the celebration held on Friday at the Grand Ballroom of Hotel Sofitel in Pasay City. First Lady Liza Araneta-Marcos also graced the occasion.

Escudero, however, underscored the need for the OSG, headed by Solicitor General Menardo Guevarra, to adapt and innovate in response to new challenges. 

He highlighted its long history and important contributions since its inception in 1901, making it one of the oldest and most historically significant government offices in the Philippines.

Escudero noted that for 123 years, the OSG has been at the forefront of legal battles and has played a critical role in shaping the country’s legal landscape.

He expressed his support for Guevarra’s desire to have a dedicated building for the OSG and stated his willingness to help achieve this goal.

In return, Escudero urged the OSG to play a more proactive role in the legislative process by assisting in the formulation of laws in the Senate and the House of Representatives. 

He pointed out that since the OSG defends these laws when questioned in the Supreme Court, it would be beneficial for the OSG to be involved in the law-making process to avoid potential constitutional issues. 

“You will also defend the laws we pass whenever they are questioned in the Supreme Court. Why don’t you join us while we are still shaping these laws so as to avoid questions that may affect the constitutionality or unconstitutionality of laws passed by Congress?” Escudero