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)