Swift Plenary Action on Impeach Report Assured

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Swift Plenary Action on Impeach Report Assured


Byline: BEN R.ROSARIO

Leaders of the House of Representatives yesterday vowed swift plenary action on the justice committee's report recommending the dismissal of the impeachment complaint filed against President Arroyo.

Majority Leader Prospero C. Nograles gave this assurance as Deputy Majority Leader Danton Bueser urged tighter security measures at the Batasang Pambansa complex in Quezon City to prevent violence and any untoward incident as the report awaits final plenary action this week.

"Once I receive the justice committee report, I will schedule it for plenary debate as soon as possible and voting because this is provided by law as our constitutional duty as Congress members. It's not an ordinary report. It must be treated with dispatch," Nograles said.

Last week, the justice panel voted 56-24 to junk the Black and White movement's impeachment case filed against the President.

The committee is expected to distribute copies of the report today while the House Committee on Rules, headed by Nograles, will refer it for plenary approval either today or tomorrow.

Ilocos Sur Rep. Salacnib Baterina said it is important for the House leadership to allow members to study the report closely so that they would be guided on how they would vote.

The justice committee decision to dismiss the impeachment case may be reversed only by 77 congressmen or one- third of the total number of members of the chamber. …

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