Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte


‘Let her be, it’s a democracy. Freedom of speech,’ President tells supporters


MANILA – Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte today (Thursday) told his allies and supporters to lay off Vice President Maria Leonor “Leni” Robredo and desist from impeaching her from office.

In a news conference after arriving at the Francisco Bangoy International Airport in Davao City before dawn from his trips to Myanmar and Thailand, Duterte said: “”Look, we just had an election. Guys, lay off. Stop it.”

Lawyer Oliver Lozano and broadaster Melchor Chavez earlier filed an impeachment complaint against Robredo for betrayal of public trust when she strongly criticized the war on drugs of the Duterte administration in a video message she sent the UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs.

The complaint was filed at the office of House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez and not at the office of the House secretary-general because such a complaint has to be endorsed by a congressman in order to be received by the House official.

Alvarez, for his part, had said earlier he is considering filing an impeachment case against Robredo over the video message.

In reaction to moves to impeach Robredo, Duterte stressed that the Vice President is an elected official.

He also said: So why do you have to? Is it just because she keeps on harping on me? Let her be. It’s a democracy. Freedom of speech.” GAC/Expat Media


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