Senate President Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel vowed to conduct a fair impeachment trial for Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno if ever the complaint against her reaches the upper chamber.
Speaking to reporters on Wednesday, February 28, Pimentel assured that they will be making their decision based on pure and substantial evidence presented by the House justice committee.
He further noted that if no evidence will be presented then they would promptly acquit the Chief Magister of her accusations.
“If there is no evidence, then acquit but if there is evidence, we also have to consider convicting,” Pimentel said.
“That’s why the burden is on the House because they should be prepared to prove their case, walang kaibi-kaibigan dun,” he added.
According to the Senate President, Sereno would only be impeached if two-thirds of the 23 senators, or some 16 members, will vote for her impeachment.
Pimentel also assured that there will be no political colors rolling into play during the impeachment proceeding and that the Senate will not be swayed by any polical power other than its own.