Committee on Justice Rey Umali stated that the impeachment case in opposition to Commission on Elections Chair Andy Bautista may go straight to the Senate if 98 House members sign it within the subsequent 30 days.
Umali stated the impeachment criticism filed by former lawmaker Jacinto Paras and lawyer Ferdinand Topacio has been transmitted to Speaker Bebot Alvarez who has 10 session days or one month to ahead it to his committee for processing.
In an interview with DZBB anchor-reporter Rowena “Weng” Salvacion, Umali stated it was up to the Speaker how lengthy to wait earlier than turning the case over to the justice committee which might decide if it was adequate in substance and kind.
“Na kay Speaker yan. Kasi baka meron pa siyang gustong tingnan dyan. Baka may gusto pang mag endorse nyan. Kasi pag within that 10-day period, pag yan ay nakasapat ng more or less 98 endorsers eh diretso na yan sa Senado,” stated Umali.
Umali clarified he was solely laying down a situation the place the minimal one-third vote to approve an impeachment criticism to the Senate can be obtained with out going by way of a tedious committee and plenary vote.
This situation occurred in 2000 when then Speaker Manny Villar endorsed the impeachment case in opposition to then President Joseph Estrada straight to the Senate after acquiring the one-third vote.
“Sinasabi ko lang na posible yan. Kasi naalala mo noon na meron yong ‘creeping impeachment’. Iyong habang dinidinig ng Committee on Justice ay dagdag nang dagdag…kung naalala mo iyong kay Erap…nong nakasapat na ay biglang na-abbreviate yong committee on justice at nadala sa senado,” stated Umali
“Ngayon, siguro binigyan na talaga ng sapat na panahon ng ating Speaker para kung gusto niyang gampanan yong ganong role na para maibsan na ang house of representatives at madala agad sa Senado, he has 10 session days,” Umali stated.
Bautista was accused by his spouse, Tish, of amassing over P1 billion in unexplained wealth principally in money deposits with Luzon Development Bank.