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October 10, 2015, Saturday
  • Fmr. First Gentleman Mike Arroyo asks the Sandiganbayan to allow him to travel & stay in Japan & Hong Kong for 12 days. 6 hours ago |
  • LTFRB suspends the franchises for 30 units of Dagupan Bus. 6 hours ago |
  • Number of fatalities in fire that hit Leyte Prison and Penal Farm rises to 10. 6 hours ago |
  • Ombudsman has also issued a dismissal order against Masbate Gov. Rizalina Lanete. 6 hours ago |
  • Director General Joel Villanueva resigns from TESDA in view of his plan to join the senatorial race. 6 hours ago |
  • Binay’s camp says the Ombudsman’s dismissal order vs. Mayor Binay was done in haste. 6 hours ago |
  • Ombudsman Carpio-Morales says it is up to Comelec to decide whether or not to allow Mayor Binay to run for a 3rd term. 6 hours ago |
  • Ombudsman’s order includes Mayor Binay’s dismissal from service & perpetual disqualification from public office. 6 hours ago |
  • Ombudsman’s dismissal order for Mayor Binay is in connection with his plunder case over the alleged overpriced Makati City parking building. 6 hours ago |
  • Rep. Abby Binay says Mayor Binay is planning to file his COC next week & run for a third term. 6 hours ago |
  • Rep. Abby Binay says Mayor Binay can still appeal the Ombudsman’s dismissal order at the Court of Appeals. 7 hours ago |
  • Ombudsman cites grave misconduct & serious dishonesty as reasons for Makati Mayor Junjun Binay’s dismissal. 7 hours ago |
  • Ombudsman orders the dismissal of suspended Makati Mayor Junjun Binay. 7 hours ago |
  • The 5-day period for filing of the Certificates of Candidacy (COC) begins on Monday Oct. 12. 10 hours ago |
  • Comelec conducts a demonstration on how to properly file the Certificates of Candidacy (COC). 10 hours ago |
  • Fmr. SAF Chief Getulio Napenas laments no one is being charged for the death of 9 SAF commandos who attacked Marwan’s hut. 10 hours ago |
  • Ayala Bridge in Manila to be closed to motorists at 10 pm Friday. 10 hours ago |
  • Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista eyes a third term. 10 hours ago |
  • Jueteng whistleblower Sandra Cam wants to run for a senate seat. 10 hours ago |
  • OFW Party-list Rep. Seneres says he has a vice-presidential bet & a complete senatorial line-up. 10 hours ago |
  • OFW Party-list Rep. Roy Seneres hopes he won’t be seen as a nuisance candidate after he announced his pres’l bid. 10 hours ago |
  • 3 inmates bolt prison in Tabaco, Albay. 10 hours ago |
  • 9 inmates die in fire that broke out in Abuyog, Southern Leyte prison. 10 hours ago |
  • About 60 members from PH & U.S. Marine Corps take part in an amphibious landing exercise in Ternate, Cavite. 11 hours ago |
  • Sen. Honasan absent in Cebu City event where Binay announced the senator’s bid for the vice presidency. 11 hours ago |
  • Binay announced the ‘Binay-Honasan’ tandem at UNA’s political event in Cebu City. 11 hours ago |
  • Binay announces Sen. Gringo Honasan is his running mate in the 2016 elections. 11 hours ago |
  • Fire out declared at UST’s Quadricentennial Pavilion at 10:30 am on Friday. 12 hours ago |
  • Fire hits University of Santo Tomas’ new multi-purpose gymnasium ‘Quadricentennial Pavilion’ on Friday morning. 12 hours ago |
  • Body of man involved in Thursday’s hostage-taking in Manila has yet to be identified and claimed. 12 hours ago |
  • De Lima took her oath as LP member at Balay headquarters in Cubao, Quezon City. 12 hours ago |
  • Justice Sec. Leila de Lima takes oath as Liberal Party member. 12 hours ago |
  • 5 towns in Maguindanao declared as areas of concern for this coming election period. 13 hours ago |
  • 5 suspected carnappers killed in an encounter with police in Payatas Road, Quezon City. 13 hours ago |

Tatad eyes impeach bid

By Rio N. Araja | Jan. 26, 2014 at 12:01am

FORMER senator Francisco “Kit” Tatad announced on Saturday that he and fellow lawyer Allan Paguia will initiate a signature campaign seeking the impeachment of President Benigno Aquino III for trying to influence senator-jurors in the trial of impeached Chief Justice Renato Corona.

Speaking with journalists at a weekly forum at Annnabel’s in Quezon City, Tatad hopes to gather millions of signatures as part of a “people’s initiative” that will force the House of Representatives to commence impeachment proceedings against the President.

Asked how he hoped to get their impeachment bid off the ground when Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. has already said that such a move would not flourish in the lower chamber, where impeachment cases must legally originate, Tatad said theirs will be an “extraordinary complaint.”

“There must have a volume. The complaint must be short but well-studied. It would prosper if there is the involvement of so many organizations supporting it across the country from Luzon, the Visayas and Mindanao,” he said.

“We will begin with the people, and not the House of Representatives. A people’s initiative,” he added.

“People power is not just about street protests,” Tatad said, adding that there is enough ground to file an impeachment complaint.

Paguia agreed that the President’s admission that he did meet with senator-jurors during the pendency of Corona’s impeachment trial was sufficient ground for complaint.

“There was undue influence under the Constitution and Civil Code. The duty of the Chief Executive was to maintain equal protection of the law. He violated by trying to influence senators,” Paguia told the forum.

He said the President also violated Section 12 of the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act for accepting the resignation of them Ombudsman Merceditas Gutierrez although there was a pending impeachment case filed against her.

Aquino himself admitted meeting with Senators Bong Revilla, Jinggoy Estrada, Teofisto Guingona III and Senate Majority Leader Ralph Recto while they were jurors in the Corona trial.

Aquino even said he did not and was ready to face any impeachment complaint filed against him.

Presidential Spokesman Herminio Coloma Jr. said the President did not meddle with impeachment trial and Aquino merely asked the senators to decide on the merits of the case and not be swayed by political pressure.


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