Magdalo Party-list Representative Gary Alejano filed an impeachment case against no less than President Rodrigo Duterte this Thursday, March 16, at the House of Representatives’ Office of the Secretary-General. An ally of Senator Antonio Trillanes IV, the lawmaker accused President Duterte of various cases. Watch CNN Philippines video below.
According to Rep. Alejano, President Duterte violated the Constitution, engaged in bribery, betrayed public trust, committed graft and corruption, and other high crimes. This includes Duterte’s alleged involvement in the creation of the so-called Davao Death Squad (DDS) when he was the mayor of Davao City, where suspected criminals were killed.
Also included are President Duterte’s alleged hidden wealth via undeclared properties various bank deposits, and the alleged drug-related EJKs (extra-judicial killings) as part of his intensified war against illegal drugs. All theses allegations are under Article 11, Sec. 2 of the 1987 Constitution, which states that Duterte can be impeachment, if proven guilty.
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Meanwhile, the House of Representatives session will resume on May 2. The impeachment complaint vs President Duterte will be referred to House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez, who will act on it within ten (10) calendar days after from receipt of the complaint. But this early, he said that the case vs Duterte lacks substance, and is only doomed to fail.
“Alam naman natin na talagang medyo, medyo tabingi ang inihaing impeachment complaint. Malinaw na malinaw na po. Sing linaw ng sikat ng araw. Huwag na po tayong makarating sa number. Pag-usapan na lang natin ang substance. I don’t think sa substance papasaya iyan…Kapag walang basehan, walang patutunguhan,” Alvarez said.
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The House of Representatives needs at least one-third (1/3) votes before it can pass the said impeachment complaint to the Senate, which will conduct the impeachment trial,to be presided by the Chief Justice. The Senate then needs two-third (2/3) votes to impeach President Duterte. As of posting, the president has not yet comment on this issue.