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That there is no evidence with which the House can legitimately impeach Ombudsman Merceditas “Merci” Gutierrez, or an absence of probable cause, is evident in the way the House justice committee chairman, Iloilo Rep. Niel Tupas, has suddenly changed the rules in impeaching a constitutional official.
As reported, the justice panel will not be utilizing the strict rules of evidence when members are called to vote on the issue of probable cause in impeaching Merci, with Tupas stressing that this being a political case, and not a court case, the rules of evidence as stated in court rules, no longer apply.
Tupas was quoted as saying that “since this is a political proceeding, not a court case, we are not strict on the rules of procedure. We’re not acting as lawyers but as political leaders in an impeachment.”.... MORE
Source: The Daily Tribune