Sotto notes violation of parliamentary ethics in US impeachment trail

Published January 23, 2020, 12:00 AM

by manilabulletin_admin

By Mario Casayuran 

The styles of impeachment trials in the Philippines and the US are worlds apart, Senate President Vicente S. Sotto III and Panfilo M. Lacson said Thursday.

Senate President Vicente "Tito" Sotto III  (Ali Vicoy / MANILA BULLETIN)
Senate President Vicente “Tito” Sotto III
(Ali Vicoy / File Photo / MANILA BULLETIN)

“After watching Trump impeachment, I’m amazed at how their legislators violate parliamentary ethics,” Sotto said.

“Directly addressing and imputing motives on their colleagues. Tsk, tsk, tsk,” Sotto told Senate reporters in his Viber account.

While presiding over Senate plenary sessions, Sotto said he would call the attention of his colleagues when they directly address or insult each other but such a situation rarely occurs.

“They should address the presiding officer, in this case, the Chief Justice and not directly calling out the name and directly addressing the other speaker. Then, parliamentary rules do not allow anyone to call out or impute motive on another legislator.”

Lacson said that watching the Trump impeachment trial at the US Senate “makes our senators look like high statesmen on parliamentary procedures and ethics.”

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He was one of the judges at the impeachment trial of then Supreme Court Chief Justice Renato Corona.

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