24 Feb '11, 11am

Convicted Philippine congressman may be sacked

Convicted Philippine congressman may be sacked

MANILA: Philippine congressman Ronald Singson may have been jailed on Thursday for 18 months by a Hong Kong district judge for smuggling drugs into the territory, but his fate remains unknown in the Philippines. Singson has not been convicted in his home country, and this means the lawmaker cannot be automatically expelled from the House of Representatives. The House has to decide whether to impose its own disciplinary action on Singson. Singson's fate will thus be decided through plenary voting, requiring the votes of two-thirds of the 283-member House of Representatives, that will decide whether he will be suspended or expelled from Congress. Some lawmakers are now calling for Singson to resign so as to protect the institution's integrity. Philippines congressman Neil Tupas said: "Some of the members want Congressman Singson to resign. "It's the easiest way out for Congr...

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