Lagman: House has surrendered its impeach powers to SolGen, SC

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Albay first-district Rep. Edcel Lagman on Thursday said the House leadership had effectively surrendered its constitutional power to remove impeachable officials to Solicitor General Jose Calida and the Supreme Court.

The Magnificent 7 leader noted the decision of the House to delay action on the impeachment case against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno until the Supreme Court had ruled on the quo warranto case filed by Calida against Sereno.

Lagman said the House leadership was “calibrating its moves purposely to delay the House’s ratification of its foregone findings until the congressional ‘Lenten break’ is over in May.”

“The proffered justification for this procrastination is the supposed need to wait for the High Court’s decision on the quo warranto action filed by the OSG for the alleged failure of Sereno to submit copies of her SALNs when she was a professor in the University of the Philippines,” he said.

“Instead of protecting the impeachment power of the House from derogation, the House leadership has surrendered its constitutional power to the apparent usurpation by Solicitor General Jose Calida and the Supreme Court,” Lagman said.

In fact, he said, “the House leadership instigated and endorsed the filing of the quo warranto petition by Calida, for which reason collusion cannot be discounted.”