Managed to catch Committee on Justice hearing on DZBB AM radio only now (shame on the TV stations for ignoring the event!) Here’s Inq7.net’s report on what took place during the parts I missed.
3:20-3:32 pm …According to Edcel Lagman, only the eighth impeachment complaint came within the one year ban on impeachments. The rest should be “jettisoned”.
Why not consolidate? Asked Allan Peter Cayetano, giving an example of the Voltes V robot. Argues against approaching the issue from technicalities. Pleads for at least 48 hours to present evidence.
3:33 pm Rep. Simeon Datumanong: reiterates motion dismissing complaints 1-7 as filed before July 26, and thus prior to 1 year since the Lozano complaint.
In favor of dismissal: “so many,” according to radio announcer. Majority stands/raises hands. One of those voting to dismiss is Rep. Mikey Arroyo. 54 vote for dismissal.
Against dismissal: 24 against the motion. Motion is carried.
3:37 pm Rep. Roman of Batangas states his position has changed from last year; the situation, he says is very different. Last year, he objected to the prejudicial question because the complaints, then, were sent and arrived at the same time; but this year, he justifies voting to dismiss because they were filed and sent on different dates. He claims personal privilege to explain, at length, his vote today.
3:40 pm Rep. Datumanong says there can be no privileged motions other than to adjourn. Having heard the word “adjournment,” congressmen start filing out of the room although meeting hasn’t been gaveled to a close. Media coverage has shifted to chasing congressmen.
Hearing resumes tomorrow at 1pm. The majority is obviously operating according to schedule.
Someone texted me that my aunt, Mrs. Nini Quezon Avanceña, one of those who signed the first complaint, ran into Evelyn Kolayco, diehard supporter of the President, outside the committee room. I have to repeat what my aunt said in defense of impeachment: “What are you so afraid of?” Kolayko turned pale and went away.
Chiz Escudero says the tactic of filing the complaint multiple times was proven necessary after what happened.
Rep. Lagman says the House may consider holding tomorrow’s hearing in the plenary session hall.
3:48 pm Rep. Mikey Arroyo: All these things were done within the bounds of law, they were important, and impeachment is important, we respect complainants just as we expect complainants to respect us. We’re not here to railroad anything, we’re here to ensure everything is done with due process. The Hyatt 10 (they’re fewer now) called for GMA’s resignation, that’s fine, that’s part of a healthy democracy, but we’re here to follow the law.
3:49 pm Mely Nicolas reiterates that Emmy Boncodin was not asked to Petron as an independent director as part of a political deal. Reiterates, categorically, that the Hyatt 10 remains united. “We’re more than Hyatt 10, there’s so many more government officials that resigned.” Says the spirit of the complaint -citizens demanding accountability- is being ignored. But “that’s how they’re going to do it, they’ll bore us to death.” She hopes against hope that at least complaints will be aired and evidence presented.
3:52 pm Coverage on DZBB ends.
I don’t think I missed much.
Over in America, something interesting in The Washington Monthly: Republicans trying to spook voters with warnings of an attempt to impeach George W. Bush:
But here’s the larger point: Over the last 5 and a half years, the Republican Congress has broken with history by almost completely abdicating its constitutional responsibility to conduct oversight of the Bush administration, despite ample material to look into. A Democratic House, with veteran committee chairs like Conyers, John Dingell, and Henry Waxman, would provide the thorough accounting of the last 6 disastrous years — from Iraq, to Medicare, to Abramoff to Katrina — that the White House and its allies most fear.
I’ve heard often enough, that the administration has plagiarized whole pages from the Republican political playbook. Well… seems so.