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Who will dare betray the Senate by attending a joint session of Congress for Charter change even without authority from his peers?

Sen. Panfilo Lacson said Thursday such an act would be “idiotic” at best and “reprehensible” at worst.

“For a senator to attend a ‘joint session’ called by the (House of Representatives) without authority from his peers is idiotic; reprehensible if done with malicious intent. It is remotely possible that anyone among the present 23 senators will commit such treacherous act,” he said on his Twitter account (https://twitter.com/iampinglacson/status/953890604156518400).

During a senators’ caucus Tuesday, Lacson suggested that senators attending joint sessions with the House of Representatives to amend the Constitution without authorization should be expelled.

In a joint session of Congress, senators face the possibility of being grossly outnumbered – 24 senators to nearly 300 House members.

Lacson said that if a senator attends the joint session without authorization from the Senate or without an assurance the Senate and House will vote separately on proposed changes to the Charter, the Senate could be drowned out by the House.

“Sabi ko para lang medyo matibay ang usapan natin, baka pwede magkasundo-sundo tayo na i-expel natin ang whoever, kung sinong members na sasama sa ganoong arrangement (joint session) without the benefit of a resolution adopted by the body. And nobody objected. So I assume na payag naman silang lahatm” he said.

“Kung may babaligtad bahala siya sa buhay niya. I even computed based on Waze ang travel time between the Senate and the House. Even before he steps into Batasan soil, expelled na siya, he’s no longer a Senate member. Kasi mga one-and-a-half to two hours yan. So mapadali namin ang summary hearing or trial and we’ll time it na before he even sets foot on the grounds of Batasang Pambansa, expelled na siya, so he’s no longer a valid member of the Senate,” he added.

He added the Senate could use the mechanism of the ethics committee, which can be constituted into a committee of the whole to try the erring member.

Also, Lacson said the Senate may take the safer course, which is not to act on House Resolution 9, which seeks to amend the Charter via constituent assembly.

Last Monday, Lacson filed Senate Resolution 580, which will have the Senate convene into its own constituent assembly to take up proposed changes to the Constitution.

“We’ll not act on it (House resolution). And we’ll just deliberate among ourselves kung con-con ba ang mode or we will adopt the resolution that we filed last Monday, na we’ll constitute ourselves, the Senate, as a con-ass. In that manner kami magpo-propose ng amendments and we will deliberate among ourselves, we will get ¾ vote to approve whatever proposed amendments ang ipepresent namin sa plebiscite,” he said.