House panel approves decision to dismiss impeachment complaint vs Andy Bautista

UNTV News   •   October 5, 2017   •   2682

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MANILA, Philippines – The House Committee on Justice has formally approved the committee report on the dismissal of the impeachment complaint filed against Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista.

This, after 26 members of the House Committee voted in favor of the motion of Misamis Occidental Representative Henry Oaminal to approve the said committee report and resolution.

Two members of the committee voted against it.

The lawmakers who endorsed the complaint even attempted to prevent its approval but to no avail.

The House Committee initially declared as insufficient in form and substance the impeachment complaint filed by former Negros Oriental Rep. Jacinto Paras and Atty. Ferdinand Topacio against Bautista.

Based on House rules, no impeachment complaint can be filed against Bautista within a year from the period a complaint was filed against him. – UNTV News & Rescue

House recommends using Laguna Lake as permanent source of domestic water

Maris Federez   •   August 28, 2019

Laguna de Bay is the largest lake in the Philippines located between the provinces of Laguna and Rizal. (Photoville International/Rogz Necesito Jr.)

Despite the rising water level in Angat Dam, the National Water Resources Board (NWRB) has expressed concern about the possibility of another water crisis next year.

The NWRB said that if Angat Dam fails to reach its normal operating level, Metro Manila might experience another shortage come dry season.

Because of this, Congressman Ruffy Biazon, during the House Committee on Metro Manila Development hearing on Wednesday (August 28), recommended the use of Laguna Lake as a permanent source of domestic water.

This aims to address the shortage of water supply in Metro Manila and its neighboring cities and provinces in case the water level in Angat Dam recedes anew.

“Kasi iilan lang yung nakikinabang doon eh. Pinagkakakitaan yung Laguna Lake hindi para sa paggamit ng ordinaryong mamayan kung hindi sa paggamit ng mga interes ng kumpanya,” Biazon said.

The Laguna Lake Development Authority (LLDA) agreed that this can be done, although they admit that they do not have the funding to conduct dredging in the lake.

They also cited the expense that will be incurred in treating and eliminating the saltwater from Manila Bay that gets combined to the water in the lake.

Add to this is the fast-increasing formation of algae which affects the quality of the water.

“Ang Laguna Lake kaya niyang i-supply ang requirement for domestic water supply as source of domestic water. Ang problema lang is more on the water quality,” said Engr. Emiterio Hernandez of the LLDA.

To date, Maynilad and Manila Water get a small percentage of water supply from Laguna Lake for their customers in Metro Manila, Laguna, Rizal, Cavite, and Bulacan.

Meanwhile, water levels in several dams are continuously increasing due to the rains being experienced in the country.

As of 8:00 a.m. Wednesday, the water level in Angat Dam has reached 181.74 meters.

Ipo Dam water level, on the other hand, has gone up to 11.82 meters; while that of La Mesa Dam went up to 77.18. (from the report of Joan Nano) /mbmf

House panel finds sufficient grounds to impeach Sereno

UNTV News   •   October 5, 2017

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MANILA, Philippines – Voting 25-2, the House Committee on Justice found sufficiency of grounds for the impeachment complaint filed against Chief Justice Ma. Lourdes Sereno.

This means the lawmakers saw impeachable offenses in the 27 allegations stated in the complaint.

Some of the 27 grounds stated in the impeachment complaint against Sereno include:

– alleged luxurious lifestyle
-frequent travels abroad
-mis-declaration of her real wealth in her statement of assets liabilities and net worth
-purchase of high-end vehicles
– and her alleged tampering of temporary restraining orders and resolutions of courts.

The lawyer of Sereno has expressed dismay over the result of the hearing on the impeachment rap.

“The committee should have answered today if these set of evidence have basis. That’s our expectation. But in the hearing, it was declared sufficient in form again,” CJ Sereno’s Lawyer, Atty. Jojo Lacaninao said.

In the next hearing set in November, the House committee will determine if the complaint has probable cause.

According to House Committee on Justice Chairman Reynaldo Umali, they will formally invite the justices of the Supreme Court who would like to testify against the chief magistrate.

However, the committee has yet to decide on the request of Sereno to allow her lawyer to confront the complainant and the witnesses during the November hearing.

“We will issue subpoena to those who will be necessary in terms of clarifying the allegations in the complaint,” Umali said.

Once the lawmakers see probable cause in the complaint, they will write articles of impeachment and put it to a vote in the plenary of Congress. Once it passes the plenary, it will be brought to the senate that would stand as the impeachment court to begin the formal trial. From there, CJ Sereno will be obliged to face the Senators who will stand as judges. – Grace Casin | UNTV News & Rescue

Complainants to submit new verification documents against poll chief Andres Baustista

admin   •   September 14, 2017

MANILA, Philippines —  Atty. Ferdinand Topacio admitted they still have to rewrite the verification of the impeachment complaint they filed against Commission on Elections (Comelec) chairman Andres Bautista.

Topacio and former Congressman Jacinto Paras are the complainants in the impeachment complaint filed against Bautista before the Lower House of Congress.

Topacio said they will revise the writing of the verification at the soonest possible time although they have already submitted it to the House committee.

“It’s a matter of wordings nothing substantial,” he said.

The lawyer noted that the move is to ensure their complaint will not be dismissed similar to what happened to the impeachment rap filed by Dante Jimenez of Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption (VACC) and Eligio Mallari of the Vanguard of the Philippine Constitution against Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno.

Jimenez and Mallari’s complaint was dismissed by Congress due to incorrect verification.

However, House Committee on Justice chairman Reynaldo Umali said they will still study whether or not to accept the new verification.

He added this was because they don’t want to appear biased.

“I am not sure because this has already been referred to me. The verification must be done. There must be a verified complaint filed. The problem is that it would look unfair because we had been strict to the former. You now have to apply rules for the different parties,” said Umali.

The House Justice Committee is set to hear the complaint seeking to oust Comelec chairman Andress Bautista.

The panel initially said they will be strict in implementing the rules of impeachment. — Grace Casin | UNTV News & Rescue

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