Fariñas fails to sign impeach complaint vs Corona

By RG Cruz, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Dec 13 2011 10:35 AM | Updated as of Dec 13 2011 06:38 PM

MANILA, Philippines - A lawmaker who once considered impeaching all the Supreme Court justices months ago has found reservations with the impeachment complaint filed by the House of Representatives against Chief Justice Renato Corona.

Justice Committee Senior Vice Chair Rodolfo Fariñas confirmed he did not sign the impeachment complaint against Corona, which was passed by the House in just a day.

“It is true that I did not sign the impeachment complaint as it was obvious that we had more than the number needed. But if my signature were crucial, I would have signed even if I had some reservations which I will now keep to myself as I am bound to support the will of the majority," he said.

Fariñas maintained though that he remains supportive of the impeachment complaint and is ready to serve as one of the prosecutors if elected by the plenary. "Only the Speaker or the Majority Leader could answer  that. But the Majority Leader Boyet Gonzales had sounded me off earlier yesterday at noon before the process started and I said I am at the service of the House," he said.

Meanwhile, the team that would have prosecuted Ombudsman Merceditas Guttierez at the Senate months ago emerged as likely members of the team that will prosecute Corona.

Justice Committee Chairman Niel Tupas revealed that aside from himself, Representatives Lorenzo Tañada III, Reynaldo Umali, Neri Colmenares, Arlene Bag-ao and Joseph Abaya may also be part of the team that could be elected by the plenary today or tomorrow.

Tupas joined a team from the House of Representatives that brought the impeachment complaint to the Senate Tuesday morning.