Monday, March 20, 2017

WATCH: Justice Committee chair Rey Umali mas madaling iimpeach si Leni Robredo

It will be easier to impeach Vice President Leni Robredo than President Rodrigo Duterte, according to House Justice Committee chair Rey Umali and Senate President Koko Pimentel on Monday.

Magdalo party-list Representative Gary Alejano filed the impeachment complaint against Duterte last Thursday over  alleged killings when he was still Davao City mayor and corruption as President.

After this, House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez, a staunch ally of Duterte in the Lower House, threatened to file an impeachment case against Robredo for betraying public trust after she came out with a video criticizing Duterte's drug war before the international community.

Impeachment of a public official requires the approval of only at least one-third of the members of the lower chamber, translating to 98 of the current 292 congressmen.

Both the Duterte and Alvarez currently enjoy the support of the House supermajority with 266 members.

"Siyempre, kapag nag-botohan at hindi nakakuha ng boto iyong (Of course, if the members do not vote for the) complaint against the President, then it will die a natural death," said Umali. "On the other hand…it will be easier to get the numbers to pursue an impeachment complaint against the Vice President."

Meanwhile, Pimentel admitted he was yet to see Robredo's video message, though he said "theoretically" it could be tantamount to betrayal of public trust, which could be a political ground for her impeachment. Pimentel also noted that  impeachment was a numbers game -- and the supermajority had more than enough solons to back up -- or junk -- an impeachment rap.




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