Impeachment for Binay? That would be a ruse concocted by Binay.
Yes, the House can gather enough signatures to impeach him but there is no way there will be enough votes in the Senate to convict him.
Here’s what the Constitution says on the Senate’s role in impeachment:
Art XI Sec3. (6) The Senate shall have the sole power to try and decide all cases of impeachment. When sitting for that purpose, the Senators shall be on oath or affirmation. When the President of the Philippines is on trial, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court shall preside, but shall not vote. No person shall be convicted without the concurrence of two-thirds of all the Members of the Senate.
2/3 of 24 Senate seats is 16. Now do the math.
Three senators are suspended. If they cannot vote then their non-vote will be counted as a NO or an acquittal because the Constitution says 16 or more YES votes are needed for conviction.
But if the three detained senators can vote, guess how they will vote. Enrile and Jinggoy are partymates of Binay and Revilla, aside from being the president of GMA’s party, is Jinggoy’s best friend. So that leaves 21 senators who might vote to convict.
Now, of the remaining 21 senators, three of them – JV Ejercito, Nancy Binay, and Gringo Honasan – are sure to acquit or at least abstain. Not only are they all members of the opposition, they all also have strong personal reasons to acquit Binay. JV will follow his father’s wishes, Nancy is Binay’s daughter, and Gringo is Enrile’s “adopted” son. They can recuse themselves but recusal would be the same thing as abstaining which is the same as voting for acquittal because, as pointed out earlier, you need at least 16 YES votes to convict.
And don’t forget Sotto who is the minority leader. He is thick as thieves with the detained senators who have everything to gain from a Binay acquittal.
There is also no guarantee that the remaining senators will vote to convict. Besides Binay does not have to work on any more senators to get an acquittal. But his acquittal base of seven senators can still increase.
What if Miriam suddenly gets another attack of chronic fatigue syndrome or sudden high blood pressure and she has to stay home or go to the hospital on the day of voting? What if a senator gets sick or dies or is caught in a traffic jam or is stuck in an elevator? What if one or more of the remaining senators decides that voting for acquittal is better for his/her political fortune?
Any move to impeach Binay will work out in his favor. There will not be enough votes to convict him and he will be able to point to his acquittal as proof that all the charges against him were politically motivated and devoid of facts and his political rivals were simply ganging up on him. His underdog routine will gain traction and as we all know the voting public loves an underdog.
Let the Senate investigation run its course. Don’t get fooled by the line that impeachment carries the penalty of perpetual disqualification from office. That’s nothing but a shiny apple coming from a snake. There are not enough votes for conviction. Period.
Don’t let impeachment get in the way of exposing the overprice in the Makati carpark. Let the people impeach Binay through the ballot in 2016. Kill all Binay impeachment talk now!
Vice President Binay’s reaction to former Makati City Vice Mayor Mercado’s statement that Binay made money from the overpriced Makati parking building.
“Iyon nga ho ang ikinahihinanakit ko e. Alam naman na nilang maitim na kami e gusto pa nila kaming tustahin (That’s what I’m complaining. They already know that we are dark-skinned and yet they still want to roast us),”
Senator Binay said over DWIZ on Friday when asked about the ongoing investigation being conducted by the Senate on the alleged overpriced Makati City Hall 2.
You miss the point, sweetie. The point is you’re giving all dark-skinned people a bad name. Nadadamay sila sa kalokohan ninyo! Comprende?
The NBI had to release “Gen Palparan” when fingerprint analysis showed that the man they arrested was not Palparan but comedian Palito who died four years ago.