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Kiko Pangilian | nag resign na si Bautista bakit pa pag-aaksayahan ng pahanon ang impeachment trial??



“The penalty for a conviction in an impeachment trial is removal from office. Since he has resigned effective end of the year, I don't see any reason why the Senate should convene as an impeachment court,” Pangilinan said.
“It would be a waste of our time. For all intents and purposes, the matter is moot,” he said.
Bautista, on his social media accounts, announced Wednesday morning that he will be stepping down from his post by the end of the year.
In a letter addressed to President Rodrigo Duterte and sent to the Office of the Executive Secretary, Bautista said that his resignation would be effective on December 31 to give the President sufficient time to choose a replacement.
By Wednesday afternoon, Bautista was impeached at the House of Representatives. This, after 137 members voted against Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas' motion to adopt the report of the justice committee dismissing the impeachment complaint against the Comelec chairman.
Majority Leader Vicente Sotto III said the Senate, as an impeachment court, is ready to hold a trial by the last week of November or first week of December.
Senators Panfilo Lacson and Francis “Chiz” Escudero said the Senate can proceed with the impeachment trial as Bautista is effectively still the chairman of the Comelec.
“He announced his plan or intention to resign but he has not yet actually resigned so impeachment is still an available remedy/procedure,” Escudero, a lawyer, said.
“His resignation, as announced, is prospective so once the impeachment complaint is transmitted to the Senate, and his resignation is still not in effect, then we will proceed with the trial,” Lacson said.
Senate President Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III, who will sit as presiding officer of the impeachment tribunal, said “an actual resignation will change a lot of things.”
“Expression of intention is not actual resignation; but actual resignation will change a lot of things, not the expression of to resign lang kasi otherwise, pwede i-delay lahat, just because promise ka lang ng promise,” Pimentel said in an interview.

SOURCE | GMA NEWS
Kiko Pangilian | nag resign na si Bautista bakit pa pag-aaksayahan ng pahanon ang impeachment trial?? Kiko Pangilian | nag resign na si Bautista bakit pa pag-aaksayahan ng pahanon ang impeachment trial?? Reviewed by TNS Correspondent on 10/12/2017 12:32:00 AM Rating: 5

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