Nene: Angara son should drop out of trial

By Ira Pedrasa, ABS-CBNNews.com

Posted at Jan 18 2012 02:00 PM | Updated as of Jan 19 2012 02:17 AM

MANILA, Philippines - Former Senator Aquilino Pimentel Jr. said Aurora Representative Juan Edgardo “Sonny” Angara should drop his role as part of the prosecution team since his father is already a judge in the impeachment trial of Chief Justice Renato Corona.

In a text message, Pimentel said “it looks incredible to have a father sit as a judge while his son is a prosecutor.”

He said it would be better if the younger Angara refrain from the impeachment trial in order that the quorum of the Senate court “is not impaired.”

Senator Edgardo Angara earlier said there is no conflict of interest between him and his son.

He said his son is just a spokesman and not part of the prosecution team that will legally argue the case.

The younger Angara also downplayed that his involvement would result in calls for his father to inhibit from the case.