Thursday, January 14, 2010

Lacson and the Immunity from Arrest

JP Lopez of Malaya Insights reports that senate president Juan Ponce Enrile will give protection to senator Panfilo Lacson in case he gets arrested.

The Constitution provides that a senator is privileged from arrest for offenses punishable for not more than six years imprisonment.

Lacson, who is being linked to the Dacer-Corbito murder case, can face around 17-40 years of jail time.

This means that if the charges push through, Lacson will NOT be immune from arrest. The question of whether the senate is in session or not is irrelevant (The question of bail is another matter).

I am not implying that Lacson is culpable. That is not the point. But I'm just wondering, why would senator Enrile go out of his way to help his colleague, while allowing another (Antonio Trillanes IV) to languish in jail? You know the saying, what's sauce for the goose and all that?

Just asking.

Photo: Tim Pierce, Los Gatos, Flickr, Creative Commons


  1. They should be fair to all if they will help Senator Lacson they should first help senator Trillanes who is now in jail

  2. Constitutionally speaking it is indeed part of our country's sovereign law, its what you call immunity. However there are limits to this, if our dear Ho. Lacsonis found guilty at all, I mean he should be subject to at least an administrative case and that calls for very heavy punishments

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