A first impeachment attempt against President Rodrigo Duterte was filed on Thursday in the Lower House.
In his 17-page-complaint, Magdalo Partylist Representative Gary Alejano enumerated five grounds for impeachment against President Rodrigo Duterte.
These include betrayal of public trust and violation of the Constitution, because he argues that the President is liable for all the 8,000 cases of extrajudicial killings; the reported 11 thousand ghost employees in Davao City in 2014; and the alleged hidden wealth of the President as revealed by Senator Antonio Trillanes IV.
In addition, Alejano mentioned the alleged role of the President as head of the Davao Death Squad responsible for the 1,400 vigilante killings in Davao City when he was still the mayor.
According to Congressman Alejano, President Duterte’s alleged secret deal with China is also an impeachable offense.
“Sa pagkakaroon niya ng secret arrangement with China, hindi po alam ng taumbayan, hindi po alam ng kaniyang Gabinete kung anong arrangement ang pinasok niya considering the fact that we have conflict of interest and competing claims sa West Philippine Sea at ngayon po narinig natin ay ang paghimasok ng China sa Benham Rise,” Representative Alejano said.
(For his secret arrangement with China, the public was not informed. The Cabinet does not know what kind of arrangement he made considering the fact that we have conflict of interest and competing claims in the West Philippine Sea and now we hear about China’s incursion in Benham Rise.)
In defense of the President, House majority leader Rudy Fariñas said, the allegations are obviously hearsays, based on what is read on the newspapers and statements of Senator Trillanes.
Likewise, Fariñas argued that if the President committed such allegations, he was still a mayor when it happened, therefore they cannot be used as basis for an impeachment complaint.
For his part, House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez strongly believes that all charges are fabricated and the impeachment complaint will not prosper.
After the Secretary General received the impeachment complaint, it will be referred to the House Speaker then to the House justice committee to determine if the complaint is sufficient in form and substance.
In order for the impeachment complaint to proceed, a majority vote of the justice committee members is needed to decide on whether there is probable cause for the complaint to push through against the President. — Nel Maribojoc | UNTV News & Rescue
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