Senate President Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III has virtually given his inexperienced gentle to the proposed investigation on the alleged ill-gotten wealth of Commission on Elections (Comelec) Chair Andres Bautista by the blue ribbon committee.
Despite the potential for Bautista going through impeachment proceedings, Pimentel mentioned the higher chamber can take up the difficulty to decide if the Comelec chair needs to be held accountable for any wrongdoing or violation to the anti-graft regulation as alleged by his spouse Patricia.
“Pwede yun. It’s okay if the issue is accountability, anomaly, the blue ribbon has jurisdiction (on the issue). But if he is impeached, the impeachment trial will overtake the proceedings in the Senate,” he mentioned.
Pimentel mentioned senators should be ready to separate any data which may be culled from the blue ribbon committee, from no matter might be introduced within the impeachment criticism, if such might be filed ultimately.
As senator-judges in an impeachment proceedings, Pimentel mentioned they would be the ones to ultimately determine on the case, whether or not the official impeached is responsible or not responsible whereas it’s the job of the prosecutors to construct and show the case earlier than them.
“Pag dumating po, let’s say dumating yung impeachment, dapat kaya naming i-erase yun, wala yan, that is not before us,” Pimentel mentioned, referring to all the data that might be gathered by the blue ribbon committee.
Majority Leader Vicente Sotto III has launched a decision to impact a probe, in help of laws, by the mentioned committee chaired by Gordon citing the necessity to confirm whether or not officers of a constitutional physique just like the Comelec, will not be solely compliant with the legal guidelines but additionally above suspicion of any irregularity being the guardian of the nation’s electoral system.