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Fariñas: House can wait until end of 2018 to act on Sereno impeachment

May 14, 2018 @ 12:29

House Majority Leader Rudy Fariñas reiterated his earlier position that the House of Representatives would wait until the Supreme Court finalized its ruling on the quo warranto petition against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno.

In fact, he said the House could wait until the State of the Nation Address in July, and until the end of the year.

Asked by reporters in a message thread on the House’s plan about the impeachment case, he repeated what he said last week: “Out of respect to a co-equal department that has ruled that it has jurisdiction over the matter of the legality of the appointment of respondent Sereno, the HOR should wait for the resolution of the Motion for Reconsideration, if one is filed.”

“The Committee on Rules will wait for the final resolution of the Supreme Court on the matter of the appointment of respondent Sereno, before it brings the matter for consideration of Plenary. Under our Rules, the Committee on Rules has ten (10) session days from receipt of the Report of the Committee on Justice to calendar it for consideration by the House,” he added.

He noted that the House only had nine session days before its sine die adjournment.

Fariñas answered “Yes” to ABS-CBN reporter RG Cruz’s question, “sir theoretically that means you can wait till SONA day which would be the 10th session day? if my memory serves me right.”

He also answered in the affirmative when asked, “and then you have another 60 session days which means you can even wait till the end of the year, again if my count is correct?”

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