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(From Philippine Daily Inquirer)
Byline: Armand N. Nocum and Christine O. Avendano
SAYING THE PHILIPPINES HAS BEEN PLUNGED INTO a constitutional crisis, 17 of the country's 23 senators yesterday asked the Supreme Court to stop President Macapagal-Arroyo from enforcing her controversial Executive Order No. 464.
Senate President Franklin Drilon said he and the other senators were asking the high court to "take prompt action to avert a direct confrontation between the Senate and Malacaang." He said Ms Arroyo was "criminally liable" for issuing such an order.
The appeal for a temporary restraining order was the second legal action taken by senators in recent weeks to defang the controversial presidential edict which bars government officials from appearing in congressional hearings without Ms Arroyo's …