Senator Panfilo Lacson's interpellation of fellow solon Francis Pangilinan revealed a clear weakness in the opposition’s arguments in favor of pushing the impeachment trial against former Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno. And that the brakes came from a fellow Senator is noteworthy.
After the tussle, Senator Franklin Drilon joined the tail-end of the fray by explaining that the Senate’s draft resolution against the Supreme Court’s quo warranto decision is merely an expression of its opinion, not unlike anyone else’s.
The Manila Bulletin quoted Drilon:
“That [resolution] expresses a sense of the Senate. In the media, we hear opinion every day about it — everyone is giving their opinion about it — why would we prohibit the Senate to give its opinion?”
The good senator “made the clarification amid the concerns of his colleagues, who refused to sign the resolution, that the Senate may intervene in the SC’s authority, especially so that the articles of impeachment had yet to be forwarded to them,” the MB continued.
While Pangilinan tried, in vain, to justify the Senate as an interpreter of laws and the Constitution (an authority belonging to the Supreme Court), did Drilon, himself a former Senate President, just put the sense of the Senate resolution on equal terms with coffee and barber shop talk?
It seems he had just degraded the Senate's opinion by passing it off as anyone else's. Thanks to him, the resolution may now be viewed as an opinion of no real consequence, otherwise known in some circles as a waste of time.