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Corona Impeachment Trial

January 22, 2012 by staff 

Corona Impeachment Trial, Lawyer and former Misamis Oriental governor Homobono Adaza dismissed speculations that nothing will come out of the petition he and Atty. Alan Paguia filed before Supreme Court (SC) this month for ‘certiorari’ and prohibition on the impeachment complaint against Chief Justice Renato Corona.

The Senate impeachment court convened this week to hear the eight articles of impeachment against Corona but Adaza still expects SC to rule on their petition, noting the Constitution’s Article VIII Section 1 requires such action on the matter.

“SC is duty-bound to rule on the petition,” Adaza said on the side of Saturday Forum @Annabel’s in Quezon City.

Article VIII Section 1 provides that “judicial power shall be vested in one SC and in such lower courts as may be established by law.”

Such provision also states that “judicial power includes the duty of the courts of justice to settle actual controversies involving rights which are legally demandable and enforceable, and to determine whether or not there has been grave abuse of discretion amounting to lack or excess of jurisdiction on the part of any branch or instrumentality of the government.”

Adaza and Paguia filed their petition as they pointed out articles of impeachment, which the House submitted to the Senate, fail to comply with the Constitution’s Article XI Section 3(2).

According to such provision, “a verified complaint for impeachment may be filed by any Member of the House of Representatives or by any citizen upon a resolution of endorsement by any Member thereof, which shall be included in the Order of Business within ten session days, and referred to the proper Committee within three session days thereafter.”

The impeachment complaint wasn’t verified as required so this is merely a scrap of paper which the Senate can’t assume jurisdiction over, however, Adaza and Paguia noted.

Lawyer Oliver Lozano also filed before SC a petition similar to the Adaza-Paguia pleading.

“I disagree with observations filing the petition was a waste of time but trying a void complaint is,” he said during the forum.

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