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IMPEACHMENT is an awesome power constitutionally vested in the Congress. It is shared by the House of Representatives which has the exclusive power to initiate and prosecute impeachment cases, and the Senate which has the sole power to try and decide such cases. For better or for worse, impeachment can reverse the electoral will when  an elected official like the president is removed, or it can negate the appointing power of the president when a presidential appointee like a justice of the Supreme Court is ousted.

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THE Supreme Court in the very recent case of Tan-Andal v. Andal facilitates the nullification of marriage based on psychological incapacity of a spouse under Art. 36 of the Family Code, which originated from Canon law. It unanimously reinforces and clarifies that psychological incapacity is a not a medical but a legal concept. Consequently, the testimony of a psychologist or psychiatrist is not always mandatory. This appears to presage the reinstitution by the Congress of absolute divorce which likewise liberalizes the dissolution of marriage under specific grounds through an inexpensive and expeditious judicial proceeding.

The serious problem on the actual and projected disconnection of electric service in various localities and communities of Albay due to reported huge delinquencies in the payment of electric bills and rampant pilferage through illegal connections must not be allowed to deteriorate without immediate and long term solutions.

THE Philippines is the only country in the world today which outlaws absolute divorce, aside from the almost celibate Vatican city state. It is hard to believe that all the other countries collectively erred in instituting absolute divorce in varying degrees of liberality and limitations. An en masse blunder is beyond comprehension. An erroneous unanimity on such a crucial familial institution defies reason and experience. Obviously, the rest of the world cannot be mistaken on the universality of absolute divorce.