A blatant usurpation of the constitutional power of the Senate to remove an impeachable official from office, is how the minority bloc senators would want the upper chamber express its position on the Supreme Court's decision that ousted Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno last week.
Atty. Maria Lourdes Sereno a day before the Supreme Court granted the quo warranto petition that ousted her as chief justice.
In their resolution, the senators asked the Supreme Court to review its decision to "nullify the appointment" of Sereno as chief justice.
The document also stressed that the High Tribunal's May 11, 2018 ruling, voting 8-6, and granting the petition filed by Solicitor General Jose Calida, sets "a risky precedent that transgresses the exclusive powers of the Legislative branch to initiate, try and decide all cases of impeachment".
"Mayroon kaming initiative and balita ko may iba pang initiative outside the minority", said minority senator Risa Hontiveros.
Pimentel said he finds nothing wrong with the draft resolution and hoped that their colleagues would support the resolution.
"I appeal to my fellow Senators to cross party lines and unite in defending the integrity of the Senate. We must not allow the Senate to be relegated to a hollow institution howling ineffectually at the margins", Hontiveros added.
"Unless reversed, the decision will virtually render obsolete the country's constitutional process of impeachment", she said.
It further said that the Senate recognizes that the continued harmonious interdependence of these branches lies in the faithful adherence of each branch of government to the Constitution.