The House justice panel has postponed deliberations on the three impeachment complaints against President Benigno Aquino 3rd for one week to give lawmakers more time to study the complaints.
Rep. Niel Tupas, Jr., head of the committee, partly attributed the deferment to two holidays next week–August 19, Quezon City Day, and August 21, Ninoy Aquino Day.
The hearings of the panel will resume on August 26.
“The committee will discuss the form of the complaints and will vote whether the complaints are sufficient in form on that day (August 26). The dates of the succeeding hearings will be agreed upon by the committee also on that day,” Tupas said.
Two of the three impeachment complaints concern the outlawed Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP), while the third complaint is about the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement between the Philippines and the United States. Both complaints accused the President of betrayal of public trust and culpable violation of the Constitution.
The House justice panel will have 60 session days to vote if a complaint is sufficient in form, substance and grounds before it is subjected to plenary vote.
At least one-third of the House’s 294 members should vote in favor of the impeachment complaint for President Aquino to be impeached and the complaint tossed to the Senate impeachment court for trial.