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Sila raw ang natatanging may Kapangyarihan na Magpatanggal ng mga "Impeachable" na Opisyal ng Gobyerno

13 senators draft resolution: Only senate can impeach officials   / Image credit to the owner
Since former Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno was removed through a Quo Warranto case after discovering that she failed to submit her Statement of Assets, Liabilities, and Net Worth (SALN), 13 senators took up the stage to draft a resolution asserting the power of the Senate to be the sole authority in deciding the removal of impeachable officials.








These senators were:

1.) Franklin Drilon
2.) Ralph Recto

3.) Antonio Trillanes IV

4.) Risa Hontiveros

5.) Paolo Benigno “Bam” Aquino IV

6.) Francis Pangilinan

7.) Leila de Lima
8.) Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III
9.) Francis “Chiz” Escudero
10.) Sherwin Gatchalian
11.) Joel Villanueva
12.) Grace Poe
13.) Juan Edgardo Angara

Hontiveros appealed to her fellow officials to take “decisive action” in this case with Sereno.
She said that the Supreme Court ruling has “robbed the Senate of the jurisdiction to remove an impeachable officer through an impeachment trial.”

Other criticisms against these anti-Quo Warranto officials states that Sereno’s removal had been just as a Quo Warranto may only be filed against an official if they had been unqualified for the position in the first place, whereas an impeachment would happen if an official who is already in a position commits something against public trust and welfare.

However, these 13 senators assert that the only way to remove an official is through an impeachment trial.



“The Senate has the duty and responsibility to formally communicate with the Supreme Court and ask it to review its decision and restore balance among the different co-equal branches of the government,” Hontiveros said.



She furthered that the resolution is not about Sereno herself than it is to safeguard the democracy, autonomity of the three branches of the government, and to thwart a possible constitutional crisis.

“I appeal to my fellow Senators to cross party lines and unite in defending the integrity of the Senate. We cannot issue strong statements on this travesty of the inviolability of the Constitution, yet not back it up with decisive action. We must not allow the Senate to be relegated to a hollow institution howling ineffectually at the margins,” Hontiveros said.

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The resolution drafted by the 13 senators is entitled “expressing the sense of the Senate to uphold the Constitution on the matter of removing a Chief Justice from office”.

It states that the Senate acknowledges and respects that interdependence of the three government branches through its faithful adherence of the Constitution.



“The decision of the Supreme Court to allow an extra-Constitutional means to remove a Supreme Court justice blatantly usurps the constitutional power of the Senate to remove an impeachable official from office,” their resolution states.

Villanueva affirms that the Constitution is unequivocal such that the only way to remove a Chief Justice is through impeachment.  









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