It is much more satisfying to listen to Reps. Salacnib Baterina and Ronaldo Zamora ventilate the issues from the points of view of the majority and minority. Baterina maintains that 20 minutes separates the transmittal of the first and second and third complaints to the Committee on Justice, and that therefore, the clock (stipulating one year between impeachment complaints) began running the moment the first complaint was sent down; and that because of this majority view, the question of which of the three (or ten! as the President’s allies suggest) complaints should be tackled by the committee becomes paramount, as only one, according to the constitution, can be evaluated on form and substance.
Zamora counters that the majority is arguing according to technicalities, and is misreading the process. The Constitution prohibits more than one impeachment a year, yes, but the nature of the filing of the complaints points to one case, with various supplements. Zamora also appeals for fair play, that the President must face the strongest complaint if she is to be confident of a proper, and binding, exoneration.
PCIJ clarifies some of the questions being debated.