The Department of Budget and Management (DBM) endorsed to the President a lower budget of Php9.53 billion (less: Php9.84 billion from the original proposal), which the President submitted for Congress’s approval.
Going by that rule, constitutional silence must not restrain the Senate from meting out a lesser penalty that, to its wisdom and sound discretion, will be just and reasonable given the facts, information, and evidence presented to it as the impeachment tribunal.
But I am not here to divine whose votes are going where. I would like to believe that I have enough experience in Philippine politics to know that everything is possible, even at the last minute. I am more interested in possible scenarios after Monday. Right now, I am playing with at least five scenarios.