Lawyer Ferdinand Topacio says his camp will amend the impeachment complaint they filed against Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista after Majority Leader Rodolfo Farinas pointed out yesterday that its verification is defective.
Farinas made the observation in seeking the dismissal of the impeachment complaint of Dante Jimenez and eligio Mallari against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno. Farinas pointed out that the Jimenez-Mallari complaint and the complaint against Bautista both used the verification for impeachments endorsed by 1/3 of congressmen upon filing.
Topacio says they will remedy this so their complaint, set to be heard by the Justice Committee, wont be dismissed. “we are very sure si cong paras togetehr with the endorsers stayed behind yesterday to ensure that all the requirements as strictly interepreted…are striclty complied with. so we will not have a rapet. aayusin po natin yan para wala silang masabi sa sufficiency in substance and form. pwede kasi as pointed out by justice veloso suppletory ang rules of court doon sa rules of procedure in prcessing impeachment complaints. the rules provide for a process by why any perceived defect in the verification to be corrected. it was probably an error in nonmenclature syntax…andoon po nakadikit naman authetic documents kay chairman bautista including affidavits sworn to by the wife”
House Justice Committee Chair Rey Umali said in a phone call however that the body will have to decide if it will allow an amendment since the complaint has been referred to the committe. “that will be a decision of the committee as a collegial body.”
Farinas said the same thing in an ambush interview Wednesday. “bahala na committee last tiem we said hence forth we will cosnider it dismissal on the merits anoba naman VACC pareho sa Gadon kesa naman 2 pa para namanw e annoucned last time hencefort pag may pupunta required sa constitution when you file a complaint…it must be verified. there is a form alreday accepted in the rules of court dama ilagay mo na personal knowledge”
Topacio maintained that their complaint against bautista is like the complaint of Lorenzo Gadon against Sereno—which has advanced in the justice committee since it has certified true copies of documents.