t’s impeachment season in the House of Representatives.
Aside from President Duterte and Vice President Leni Robredo, Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales is also facing impeachment.
The Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption is set to file a complaint with the House against Morales. Members of the group went around the House last Wednesday trying to convince some congressmen to endorse their complaint.
They told reporters that they would file it tomorrow. They claimed that some lawmakers have already promised to endorse it. The group said it did not want to commit the same mistake as Robredo’s critics, who peddled their complaint among congressmen but no one wanted to have anything to do with it.
The group is charging Morales with dispensing “selective justice” by clearing former president Benigno Aquino III in the disbursement acceleration program (DAP) case and indicting only former budget secretary Florencio Abad.
It said since Aquino approved the program, he should have been included in the indictment.
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So far, it is only Duterte who is facing a formal impeachment case, filed by Rep. Gary Alejano of party-list group Magdalo.
Alejano accused the President of allegedly pursuing a state policy of killings in his anti-drug war and amassing illegal wealth worth P2.2 billion. The Chief Executive has denied the accusations.
The House is set to refer the Alejano complaint to the committee on justice for scrutiny on Tuesday.
Two petitions against Robredo have been sent to Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez and other congressmen. Without at least one congressman-endorser, the House cannot take cognizance of any of the two.
One lawmaker approached by the Vice President’s detractors last Tuesday was Jericho Nograles of party-list group Puwersa ng Bayaning Atleta, but he fumed when he saw his name included in the petition.
He accused them of “misrepresentation” for not informing him and getting his consent beforehand.
Robredo’s would-be impeachers, led by lawyers Bruce Rivera and Trixie Angeles, have apologized to Nograles for the supposed “miscommunication.”
Rep. Rodel Batocabe of party-list group Ako Bicol, who is a member of the justice committee, has said the impeachment complaint against Duterte and any other petition against an impeachable officer would be headed for the graveyard.
He said the prevailing mood in the House “is against any impeachment process.”
“It will just distract us from our work, of which we have much to do,” he said
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