Under the “working draft” of the House committee on constitutional amendments, Cha-cha proponents want the number of votes requirement for impeachment of an official increased, particularly the Chief Executive.
From the one-third required votes to impeach an impeachable official under the current system, it is proposed that this be increased to two-thirds of the members of the House before an official can be impeached.
According to House Minority Leader Francis Escudero, secretary general of the United Opposition, this is clearly a “reactionary provision” aimed at ensuring Mrs. Arroyo’s stay in power.
“I thought it was going to be a parliament? Why is there impeachment? It’s a reactionary provision,” Escudero said.
Monday, January 30, 2006
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