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Trillanes: Senate must assert power to hold Sereno impeach trial

By: - Reporter / @MAgerINQ
/ 02:17 PM April 19, 2018

Senator Antonio Trillanes IV is considering routing a resolution among his colleagues in the Senate to assert its power to decide on the fate of embattled Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno.

The resolution, he said,   would express the sense of the Senate that   the chamber, and not the judiciary or the executive, has the power to conduct the impeachment trial against Sereno.

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“Trabaho ng Senado ang mag conduct ng impeachment trial at hindi yan sakop sa trabaho ng hudikatura at ng executive branch,” Trillanes said in a press conference in the Senate with former Solicitor General Florin Hilbay on Thursday.

“So essentially, itong nangyayaring ito, this is a judicial overreach and an executive overreach as well dahil Solgen ang nag file ng petition,” he added.

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The senator was referring to the quo warranto petition filed at the SC by  Solicitor General Jose Calida against Sereno.

Asked    if he was doing it to protect  Sereno,   Trillanes said: “No, definitely  not.” In fact, he said, he could not even  remember  if he had ever met  the Chief Justice.

“This is not   about the  personalities , this is about the institutions,”  he said.

The senator  said  he hopes his colleagues  in the Senate, including  those  belonging to the majority bloc,  would sign the resolution

“I certainly hope so for our sake. Otherwise kung  hindi nila nakikita yung tama nito sa ating lipunan  then malaki talaga   ang problema ng Pilipinas,”   he said.

Aside from an intervention,  Trillanes  and  detained Senator Leila de Lima  also  filed  a manifestation  at the SC  this  Thursday against  the quo warranto proceedings.

“Itong manifestation na ito ang intention nito ay primarily i-remind yung mga mahistrado ng Korte Suprema  na yung  quo warranto proceedings nila ay illegal at unconstitutional at ito ay magdi-diminish ng power Senado,” Trillanes said.

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He urged the justices to “take a second look,  reflect, and set aside personal  animosities”  for the sake of  the institution.

Hilbay  echoed  the senator’s appeal.

“Tulad  na nga ng appeal ni Sen. Trillanes, we are asking for  the Supreme Court  to  take  a second look at the way the proceedings have been conducted,”   the former SolGen said in the same  press con, noting  the “hostile environment” when the justices    conducted  oral arguments  on the quo warranto petition.

“Baka naka cloud na yung judgment noong mahistrado  natin and therefore,  kailangang i-remind kahit papaano,”  Hilbay said.    /muf

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