MALACAÑANG questioned Friday the timing of the petition before the Supreme Court questioning the constitutionality of the peace agreement signed by the Aquino administration with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) over a year ago.

In a press briefing, Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte noted that the Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro (FAB) was inked in October 2013 and the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro in Mach last year.

"The timing is quite odd. Perhaps put it another way: it's quite interesting because we signed the FAB close to two years ago and then the CAB a year ago, March (27)," she said.

Shortly after they were signed, no one questioned their constitutionality, she said.

The move now could be borne out of the discussions on the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) now pending in Congress, Valte said.

But given that, she said that the Palace is ready to answer the petition once asked by the high court.

"We are prepared to answer should the Supreme Court require government to put forth its side on the CAB and on the FAB. Handa naman tayong sumagot diyan," she said.

The Philippine Constitution Association (Philconsa) led by its president Leyte Representative Ferdinand Martin Romualdez and former senator Francisco Tatad, along with other prelates, questioned before the high tribunal the constitutionality of FAB and CAB.

The petition said the peace process "is faulty after it excluded other rebel groups in the negotiating table like the Moro National Liberation Front and the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters in dealing with the MILF.

"The peace process should be defined by all Filipinos as one community and not by the GPNP (government peace negotiating panel) and MILF panels only," the petition read.

The group also asked SC to stop the government's release of fund for the implementation of the peace deal.

"In agreeing to replace the ARMM (Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao) with the Bangsamoro, in violation of the Constitution and existing laws, without first amending the Constitution and pertinent laws, the FAB and the CAB have caused undue injury to the government and inflicted a fatal wound upon the Constitution," the petition read.

But this early, Valte branded the petitions as baseless.

She said that the administration has always been transparent about the FAB, CAB and its annexes.

"Every time we sign something, we put it up so people can study it. And I think in this particular case, people who will go through both agreements will be able to judge for themselves kung ano po 'yung nilalaman," Valte added. (SDR/John Carlo Cahinhinan/Sunnex)