Corona’s lead defense counsel Serafin Cuevas said that if Corona is convicted it’s possible they will ask the Supreme Court to nullify the impeachment proceedings. Certoriari.
In an interview with dzBB radio he said:
- “Yun pong walang appeal, hindi po kami totohanang sumasakay doon, sapagkat hindi po naman nakalagay sa Konstitusyon iyon. Ang nakalagay lang, the moment the Senate convenes as the impeachment court, they shall continue the trial. Wala naman pong sinasabing their decision shall be final and non-appealable. Wala pong ganoong nakalagay sa Constitution. ”
Cuevas bases his argument on Art. XI sec. 3 (4) of the Constitution, “Accountability of Public Officers” :
- In case the verified complaint or resolution if impeachment is filed by at least one-third of all the Members of the House, the same shall constitute the Articles of Impeachment, and trial by the Senate shall forthwith proceed.“
Aba eh Cuevas is right! Wala ngang ganun sa sec. 3 (4)….
Kaya lang Art. XI does not end in sec. 3 (4). Art. XI sec. 3 goes all the way in sec. 3 (8). Cuevas should have read up to sec. 3 (6):
- (6) The Senate shall have the sole power to try and decide all cases of impeachment.
Kung binasa niya ito hindi na siya sana magdadakdak tungkol sa certoriari.
What does he not understand in the phrase SOLE POWER TO TRY AND DECIDE ALL CASES OF IMPEACHMENT?
Baka naman tinamad na lang magbasa si Tatang hanggang sa sec. 3(6). Baka nakatulog bago umabot dun sa provision na yun.
Tamad o tanga?