Now this is more like it.
Leaders of the House opposition said Thursday they will revive their bid to impeach President Arroyo in July as soon as they get the 79 votes needed for the complaint to prosper.
"We would think once, twice, thrice before filing it if we don’t have the required votes yet of 79 upon filing. We wouldn’t want to fall into the same trap of filing with less than the required 79," House Minority Leader Francis Escudero told the Foreign Correspondents Association of the Philippines at [the] Mandarin Oriental, Makati City.
I think the political opposition should come to terms with the fact that the numbers game in the impeachment process actually favors the minority. The political opposition rationalized its failure to gather the 79 signatures it needed to push the impeachment case against the President on to the Senate as yet another sordid example of the tyranny of the majority. Nonsense. In impeachment cases, the Constitution actually allows a minority to trump the majority of congressmen; Escudero should know, having been involved in the originally successful attempt to impeach Chief Justice Hilario Davide on October 23, 2003.
Now if he and his allies can only keep a low profile while they do the hard work of sourcing signatures. Why telegraph one’s punches?