The Senate “is passive” when it comes to ousting erring impeachable officials through trial.
Senate President Koko Pimentel stressed this on Tuesday amid calls from some sectors for the upper house to assert its constitutional mandate to remove impeachable officials.
The call stemmed from the May 11 Supreme Court decision removing Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno through a quo warranto petition filed by Solicitor General.
In seeking Sereno’s ouster, SolGen Jose Calida claimed that she failed to file her Statements of Assets, Liabilities, and Net worth (SALN).
“Kami ay naghihintay na merong magfile ng information sa amin ang tawag dun Articles of Impeachment,” Pimentel said in interview.
“So for as long as walang Articles of Impeachment na nafile sa Senado the Senate cannot constitute itself as an impeachment court,” he said.
“It’s a passive institution insofar as the impeachment is concerned,” the Senate chief stressed.
Pimentel said that he will ask House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez about their next move: whether to suspend further the impeachment hearing against Sereno.
“Basta the Senate as impeachment court is passive. We will wait for the action of the (lower) house,” he said.