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Question: A Member of either house of Congress may be expelled by their fellow Members. For a Member to be expelled, how many of the total number of Members of a house must concur with the expulsion? 
Answer: Two-thirds. Article VI, Section 16.3 states, "Each House may determine the rules of its proceedings, punish its Members for disorderly behavior, and, with the concurrence of two-thirds of all its Members, suspend or expel a Member." So, if the Senate wants to expel a member, 16 of the 24 Senators must agree to expel that Senator.
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"You can fool all the people some of the time, and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time." - Abraham Lincoln 
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God Save the Queen Plot
A more serious conspiracy unfolded known as the "God Save the Queen Plot". The Davide Commission concluded that Defense Secretary Enrile and members of the Reform the Armed Forces Movement (RAM) were involved. 
Scheduled for 11 November 1986, the plot was discovered by government several days in advance and was deliberately leaked to the Philippine Daily Inquirer, thus thwarting the plan.The government then learnt that the plot was rescheduled for 22 November 1986. On November 22, the military was placed on red alert and the rebel troops were blockaded, leading them to return to barracks. The following day, Aquino announced she had sacked Enrile as Defense Secretary and that she would revamp her Cabinet, "to give the government a chance to start all over again." From Wikipedia
Filipinos Riveted By Their Own News Of High-level Trysts
January 30, 1998
By Uli Schmetzer, Tribune Staff Writer.

MANILA — Sen. Juan Ponce Enrile's love life became headlines this week, giving Filipinos their own domestic version of what allegedly went on in the White House, the seat of power of their old colonial masters.
Enrile is not the president, but his alleged tryst with a top aide prompted his wife of 40 years to leave him this week with the public quip that she no longer could tolerate his chasing after other women, including domestic helpers, cooks and assistants.
From Inquirer
Dubbed by the gossips  in the Senate as the “24th senator,” Jessica Lucila “Gigi” Gonzales-Reyes signs checks in the millions on behalf of Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile and  issues memos to Senate functionaries involving the funds of the chamber.
Enrile’s chief of staff also is allowed in the exclusive Senate lounge to hobnob with the senators.  She also attends Senate caucuses where she “can speak her mind and join the discussion,” Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano said in his privilege speech Wednesday.
Reyes’ brother, Patrick, also works in the office of the Senate President. Cayetano said to get to Enrile, you have to go through Gigi or Patrick.
So, who’s this Gigi Reyes, and why was she the star of Cayetano’s privilege speech?
The Chicago Tribune reported 15 years ago that Enrile’s wife Cristina walked out on him in January 1998  after charging adultery.  The Tribune also reported that the “other woman “ was Gigi Gonzales-Reyes, Enrile’s chief of staff,  about 30 years his junior.
Enrile and Reyes, the Philippine Daily Inquirer has learned,  met shortly after Reyes graduated from the University of the Philippines College of Law in 1988 and joined  the law firm of Pecabar (Ponce Enrile, Cayetano, Reyes and Manalastas).
“As  chief of staff, we respect Ma’am Gigi. We allow her inside the lounge even if it’s off-limits to members of our staff because she’s helping the Senate President,” Cayetano told reporters a day after the usually reticent Reyes went on radio station dzMM to call Cayetano and a few other senators “hypocrites.”