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“The Vice President is not immune from suit. He is an impeachable official but he is not immune from suit.”
Justice Secretary Leila de Lima on Thursday made the stand amid the debate between administration senators and the camp of Vice President Jejomar Binay on whether he enjoyed immunity from suit.
Among the impeachable officials, only the President is immune from suit, De Lima said in a statement.
“Impeachability only means that he cannot be removed from public office except by impeachment. Any suit filed against him that would not result in his removal from office, like a civil suit for forfeiture of ill-gotten wealth, is allowed,” she explained.
“There is no doctrine in constitutional or political law that serves as a legal basis or rationale for immunity from suit of impeachable officials, other than for the President,” she added.
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