Impeachment to affect Senate work: Escudero

By Ryan Chua, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 07 2011 01:05 PM

Sen. Francis Escudero on Monday urged lawmakers at the House of Representatives to study carefully the impeachment complaint against Ombudsman Merceditas Gutierrez, which will be tried in the Senate if it gets the necessary numbers.

Escudero said the impeachment trial will affect the senators' work, including legislation.

"May tatamaan ito na mahahalagang panukalang batas na dapat asikasuhin din naman ng Senado," Escudero said in a news forum.

Escudero also called on his fellow senators to come up with fair rules for the impeachment trial, while refusing to comment on the case itself to avoid being perceived as biased.

"Ayaw naming pagdudahan na ginagawa namin ito para lang mapaboran ang sinumang panig," he said.