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Oct 9, 2017 @ 18:10

Suggestion ni Atty. Gadon ‘nonsense’ – Panelo

Tila  hindi umano nag-iisip  ng  maayos  si Atty. Larry Gadon matapos  imungkahing  gawing  special prosecutor  si Pangulong  Rodrigo Duterte  sa  impeachment  complaint  laban  kay  Supreme  Court Chief  Justice  Maria  Lourdes Sereno.

Sinabi kahapon  ni Chief  Presidential Legal Counsel Secretary Salvador Panelo na  “nonsense” o  walang  kapararakan ang  mungkahi ni Atty. Gadon dahil  batid  naman nitong ang  isang  nakaupong  Presidente  ay hindi maaaring  gumanap ng  ibang   trabaho o posisyon sa  panahon ng  kanyang  termino.

Binigyang-diin ni Secretary Panelo na  ang  mababang  kapulungan ng  kongreso ang  may solong  kapangyarihan para isulong  ang  lahat  ng  uri ng  impeachment at ang  mga  mambabatas  ang  naatasang  umusig sa impeachment  trial sa senado.

“The proposal to make the President act as Special Prosecutor in the impeachment trial of Chief Justice Lourdes Sereno is pure nonsense. The President is constitutionally prohibited to hold any other office during his tenure. Even assuming that there is no prohibition, such position diminishes the office of the presidency and departs from his functions and duties as mandated by the Constitution. The House of Representatives has the exclusive power to initiate all kinds of impeachment hence its members are tasked to prosecute the impeachable officers in impeachment trial in the Senate,” ang  pahayag  ni Secretary Panelo.

Naniniwala si  Atty. Panelo  na  gusto  lamang  makasiguro ni Atty. Gadon  na  magtagumpay  ang kanyang  inihaing  impeachment  compaint  kayat  iminungkahi nito na  maging  special  prosecutor si Pangulong  Duterte lalo na at  malalwak  ang  karanasan nito bilang  dating  public  prosecutor.

Pero nakalimutan aniya  ni Atty. Gadon na hindi  uubra  ang gusto nito dahil  nakasaad  sa  Konstitusyon na  hindi maaring  huwawak ng  ibang  puwesto  ang  Presidente  sa  buong  panahon ng  kanyang  termino.

“In his proposal Gadon may only have wanted to insure the success of his impeachment complaint knowing the  President’s rich experience as a public prosecutor. In his zeal to pursue his impeachment complaint against the Chief Justice he overlooked the fact that the preposition is constitutionally challenged by virtue of an express provision prohibiting the President from holding another position during his tenure of office,” ang dagdag  na  pahayag  ni Panelo. (Aileen Taliping)

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