Press Release
March 2, 2011

Transcript of Interview of Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile

On whether the Senate will convene during recess for the impeachment

SP That is something I have to study whether we can meet during the recess of Congress. If that is possible, then we will, but if it is not authorized, then we will have to wait until the next opening of our Session.

Q Can the president call a special Session?

SP Pwede 'yun.

Q Sir, sabi po ni Sen. Pangilinan, magresign na lang si Ombudsman Gutierrez?

SP Nasa kanya 'yun. I will not issue any statement about that because it might imply that I am pre-judging the case.

Q Kailangan bang mag-inhibit si Sen. Pangilinan?

SP Bakit? Hindi naman kailangan, sinabi lang niya 'yun ang suggestion niya. May 'kung' 'yun. Kung mayroong kasong darating dito, 'yun ang suggestion niya.

Q May impression po na railroaded 'yung impeachment proceedings sa House?

SP Kung nasuri na nila 'yung ebidensiya, whether it is one hearing, two hearings, three hearings or ten hearings, it all depends on how well they have analyzed the evidence.

Q Sen. Pangilinan said binaboy daw ni Ombudsman 'yung position, is that warranted po?

SP I will not make a statement, a judgment. All of these have a bearing on the impeachment trial. -

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