Corona, Bautista impeachment are 2 different cases: solon


Posted at Aug 29 2017 04:23 PM

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MANILA - The impeachment complaint against Comelec Chairman Andy Bautista and the one against the late former Chief Justice Renato Corona may be similar in some aspects but are two different cases altogether, according to a lawmaker.

Oriental Mindoro Rep. Rey Umali, who was a member of the prosecution team against Corona, said a lot of things may happen in the course of the proceedings that may affect how the senator judges will decide.

"It's a different case altogether. We are not really bound. At the end of the day it is dependent of the vote by each member,"Umali told ANC on Tuesday, stressing that the impeachment rap against the poll chief is "sui generis" or unique.

Umali said the Corona case was difficult for them because it went direct to the Senate and they had no time to conduct a hearing at the committee level and build a stronger case.

Like the late former chief justice, Bautista is being accused of betrayal of public trust and culpable violation of the Constitution due to alleged non-disclosure of wealth in his statement of assets, liabilities, and net worth (SALN).

This came after his wife, Patricia, discovered passbooks, cash, envelopes, and other documents belonging to the poll chief, which were not included in his 2016 SALN.

An impeachment complaint was already filed last week by Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption lawyer Ferdinand Topacio‏ and former Negros Oriental Rep. Jacinto Paras, assisted by Manuelito Luna.

It was endorsed by Cebu 3rd District Rep. Gwen Garcia, Tagaytay 7th District Rep. Abraham N. Tolentino and Kabayan Party-list Rep. Harry Roque, paving the way for the House justice committee to tackle the complaint and determine whether or not it is sufficient in form and substance.