FILE PHOTO: A Senate session
PASAY CITY, Philippines – Fourteen senators signed on Thursday, May 17, Resolution Number 783 that urges the Supreme Court (SC) to review its decision on the ouster of former Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno.
Those who signed the document were Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon, Senate Pro-Tempore Ralph Recto, Senators Bam Aquino, Risa Hontiveros, Francis Pangilinan, Leila De Lima and Antonio Trillanes IV.
Some members of the minority bloc also inked the resolution, including Senators Francis Escudero, Sherwin Gatchalian, Joel Villanueva, Sonny Angara, Grace Poe and Loren Legarda.
Even administration ally Senate President Koko Pimentel also expressed his support for the said resolution.
However, Senator Gringo Honasan expressed opposition to the resolution saying the process of impeachment in Congress is still ongoing, which is why the Senate could not intervene.
“Mahirap iyong sumama ka pa sa ingay dahil hindi pa nga tapos iyong proseso. At bakit natin pagsasabungin ang Senado, ang judiciary at Supreme Court,” Honasan said.
(It’s not proper to join the noise since the process is not yet finished. And why would we let the Senate, the judiciary or the Supreme Court fight?)
Aside from Honasan, other senators who did not sign the resolution include Senate Majority Leader Tito Sotto III, Senators Nancy Binay, Panfilo Lacson, Manny Pacquiao, Cynthia Villar, Richard Gordon and Juan Miguel Zubiri.
Meanwhile, Malacañang vowed not to intervene in the Senate’s move to question the SC ruling on Sereno.
“The senators are free to sign such resolution. The resolution, of course, forms part of their inherent legislative powers. But we also note the statement of Senator Ping Lacson that it appears to be premature because no articles of impeachment have been forwarded to the Senate,” said Presidential Spokesperson Secretary Harry Roque.
Since majority of senators supports the resolution, Drilon said Sereno could use the document for her motion for reconsideration appealing the High Tribunal’s decision to oust her. — Joan Nano | UNTV News & Rescue