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Noynoy ally calls for impeach rules change By Angie M. Rosales 04/01/2011

Friday, April 1, 2011

Noynoy ally calls for impeach rules change

By Angie M. Rosales 04/01/2011
Fearing that the impeachment trial at the Senate against accused Ombudsman Merceditas Gutierrez won’t be finished by the time Congress is scheduled to adjourn sine die in June, and convening again on the third week of July, for the second State of the Nation Address of President Aquino, the presidential staunch ally in the Senate, Sen. Francis Pangilinan yesterday called for a change of rules covering the impeachment trial.

With the call, the Senate is likely to debate anew on its rules of procedure on impeachment trials after Pangilinan yesterday sought an amendment to these rules, a week after the senators adopted it in the plenary.

What Pangilinan wants is for the senators to vote immediately after the first case has been presented and argued, before proceeding to the next article of impeachment, the idea of which is that if the Ombudsman is convicted on the first charge, there would then no longer be a need for the Senate as an impeachment court to continue with the rest of the charges, since as long as a conviction is obtained, the rest of the charges no longer count..... MORE

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