After the supposed impeachment trial called unconstitutional, the Silliman University Student Government (SUSG) Student Assembly has filed an impeachment complaint against Nursing Representative Ara Francine Tam last Sep. 12.
A letter complaint from one-fourth of the SUSG assembly is necessary before an impeachment trial can take place.
The impeachment committee failed to provide such document in their previous call for an impeachment trial against Tam last Sept. 8, prompting them to reduce the session into an investigation.
Tam allegedly incurred three consecutive absences in the Assembly meetings dated June 18, July 2, and July 16, 2017. She failed to present excuse letters for each absence.
According to the SUSG Impeachment Guidelines, any SUSG member who incurs three successive unexcused absences will be subjected to an impeachment trial.
Leo Albert Maputi, impeachment committee chairperson, said Tam was unable to attend their first assembly “due to her academics.”
It was on this meeting that the schedules for their next assemblies were announced.
Maputi added that because of this, Tam did not know the schedules of the following assemblies.
“We as the committee on impeachment understand that we are also a regulating body in a way that we look at if all the members are following the rules. [Tam] violated one of our house rules which is also part of the impeachment guidelines,” he said.
On the other hand, Maria Theresa Belcina, one of Tam’s judicial advisers, said during the Sept. 8 session that Tam’s absences cannot be called “unexcused” because Tam was unaware of their schedules in the first place.
Meanwhile, here are SUSG Assembly members who filed the complaint:
College of Computer Sciences: Rep. Clarice Pocot and Rep. Timothy John Rebotaso
College of Performing and Visual Arts: Rep. Shem Lord Rosales and Rep. Michael Andrew Chua
School of Graduate Studies: Rep. Fionna May J. Chuang
School of Public Affairs and Governance: Rep. Liela Gabrielle Fontanosa
Senior High School: Rep. Amidala Gabrielle Quisimbing
Institute of Clinical Laboratory Sciences: Rep. Allan Villanobos and Rep. Aprille Roselle Juanillo
School of Medicine: Rep. Noelah Marie Akut
College of Agriculture: Rep. Alexis Val Tomboc and Rep. Jess Gayan Lumain
College of Mass Communication: Rep. Denise Ayana Alfaro and Rep. Michael Diosim Endab
College of Business Administration: Rep. Raizza Phoebe K. Rubia
Only Rubia comes from Students Union for Reforms (SURE) Party, the party where Tam belongs. The rest of the complainants are from CAUSE party.
As of press time, no date has been set for the first impeachment hearing.