Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Lozano Revives Impeachment Complaint

Atty. Oliver Lozano is filing an impeachment complaint against President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo when Congress resumes session next week. Lozano has consolidated all his seven complaints and the opposition's amended complaint which were previously thrown out by the House Committee on Justice.

Lozano said he is doing so to pre-empt an impending coup d'etat which was revealed to him by a client.

He said resorting to the impeachment is a better alternative than a coup d'etat. "Let's use the force of law," Lozano said.

But Lozano may be facing a technicality.

The Supreme Court clarified that no proceeding can be initiated against the same government official twice within a period of one year.

"It's stated in Article 11, sec. 3, paragraph 5 of the Constitution," Atty. Gleo Guerra said.

Lozano had filed his complaint on June 27, 2005 and was dismissed September last year.

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