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Defensor-Santiago vs COMELEC; G.R. No. 127325; 19 Mar 1995; 270 SCRA 106

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FACTS:
Atty. Jesus Delfin filed a petition seeking to amend the Constitution by people’s initiative. COMELEC issued an order for Delfin to cause publication of said petition and the notice of hearing.

ISSUE(S):
Whether or not COMELEC has jurisdiction over the Delfin Petition.

HELD:
NO. A petition for initiative must be signed by at least 12% of the total number of registered voters of which every legislative district is represented by at least 3% of the registered voters therein.

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