In an interview with radio DZRH, Escudero said the impeachment court will hasten the proceeding which has dragged on for 4 months. The trial began on January 16.
“Pipilitin na ng Senado tapusin ito bago kami mag-adjourn sa Hunyo. Hindi naman tama na nagso-SONA na ang Pangulo at nag-iimpeachment trial pa kami.” (The Senate will try to finish the trial before we adjourn in June. It’s not right that the President is already delivering his SONA and we’re still conducting the impeachment trial.)
The impeachment trial is on break and will resume on May 7. The break coincides with the adjournment of the Senate session.
After the May 7th resumption, Congress will again adjourn session on June 8 and resume on July 23, in time for Aquino’s SONA.
Escudero said the timetable will not sacrifice due process.
“I think one month is enough, especially because the lawyers from both sides are already used to the impeachment procedure,” he said in Filipino. (www.rappler.com)