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Senate ready for trial, debates on rules By Angie M. Rosales 03/23/2011

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Senate ready for trial, debates on rules

By Angie M. Rosales 03/23/2011

As senators await the formal transmittal of the articles of impeachment against Ombudsman Merceditas Gutierrez, debates on the rules that will government their trial proceedings kicked off yesterday.

Its adoption is seen to take place today, before Congress goes on a Lenten break or just in time when they resume sessions on May 9, simultaneous with its convening as an impeachment trial body to take up the Gutierrez case.

Majority Leader Vicente Sotto III yesterday proposed that a “gag order” of sorts be observed by his colleagues while trial proceedings are ongoing, which means that no interview with any member of the media or entity will be granted by any of the senator-judges.

Sotto’s proposal does not spare even the members of the prosecution panel, the person impeached as well as their respective counsels and witnesses..... MORE

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