MANILA – Allies of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte are pursuing the filing of an impeachment complaint against Vice President Maria Leonor “Leni” Robredo for betrayal of public trust despite an earlier appeal by the Chief Executive to stop to oust her from office.
A group called “Impeach VP Leni Team” held a press conference yesterday to declare that they are drafting an impeachment complaint against Robredo.
“We understand the President’s predicament. But we are not doing this for the President. We are doing this for the Filipino people. We need him to do his job.We don’t want him to be worried about Leni,” said lawyer Bruce Rivera, spokesperson of the group.
The group lambasted Robredo for “peddling lies” through a video she sent to the UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs where she criticized the war on drugs of the Duterte administration where more than 8,000 drug suspects have been killed in police operations or by vigilantes.
Duterte earlier urged his allies to lay off Robredo as he stressed that she is an elected officias and whatever criticism she has against his administration is part of democracy, particularly the right to freedom of speech.
Rivera called on other lawyers to help them in their case build-up against Robredo.
Another member of the group, Professor Antonio Contreras of De la Salles University, said Contreras said they will check Robredo’s Statement of Assets, Liabilities, and Net Worth (SALN) for any undeclared wealth.
Earlier, lawyer Oliver Lozano and broadcaster Melchor Chavez filed an impeachment complaint against Robredo at the office of House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez over the mideo message to the UN body.
Alvarez himself is also considering filing a complaint against Robredo for the same reason.
Robredo’s legal adviser Barry Gutierrez said the Vice President only stated facts in her video message as he described plans to impeach Robredo as harassment.
Meanwhile, Senate President Aquilini Pimental III and Senators Joseph Victor Ejercito, Joel Villanueva and Paolo Benigno Aquino IV welcomed Duterte’s call to his allies to stop any move to impeach Robredo because an impeachment process distracts Congress from its legislative work and will cause political instability. GAC/Expat Media
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