Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II said he will support House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez in his planned impeachment complaint against Vice President Leni Robredo despite President Rodrigo Duterte's pronouncement to end any ouster move against her.
"I am going to support it... Si Presidente (Duterte) naman, personal opinion niya lang yun. But it will be the power, it will be a congressional call not president's call,” Aguirre told reporters in a recent interview.
Aguirre vowed to support the impeachment charges against Robredo based on her video message against President Duterte and his administration sent to the United Nations Commission on Narcotics Drugs, believing they have basis in law.
"Ang ginawa n'ya, pinahiya niya ang Pilipinas so I’m sure na aside from damaging the image of the Philippines, may epekto yan economically," he noted.
The Justice secretary said the impeachment against Robredo, a vocal critic of the administration's war on illegal drugs, would succeed if the complainants would be able to establish the violations she was supposed to have committed against the Constitution.
Calida vows help in impeachment
Earlier, Solicitor General Jose Calida said he will support Rep. Alvarez's plan to file an impeachment complaint against Robredo over the latter's video to the United Nations Commission on Narcotic Drugs where she criticized the conduct of the administration’s anti-drug campaign.
"I fully understand and support the sentiment of Speaker Bebot Alvarez that VP Robredo should be rightfully condemned for slandering and selling out our country and its leaders before the UN Commission on Narcotics Drugs,” Calida said.
The top government counsel said he will provide legal assistance to Alvarez's possible impeachment complaint against the Vice Preisdent.
"In the event that the speaker will initiate the impeachment of VP Robredo, my office will gladly lend its legal services to such endeavor," he noted.
Robredo's video message, posted by the DRCNet Foundation on YouTube last March 13, was played at the "Human Rights Challenge: Responding to Extrajudicial Killings in the Drug War," a side session for the 60th United Nations Commission on Narcotic Drugs annual meeting last March 16 at the Vienna International Center
The House Speaker said that he is still studying the impeachment complaint against Robredo, noting that it should be sufficient in substance to stand trial in the Senate
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