Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte.


But House leaders say case will not prosper in legislature dominated by administration allies


MANILA – The House of Representatives will tackle the impeachment complaint filed by a party-list congressman against President Rodrigo Duterte but this early, ranking officials of the legislature said the case is already dead in the water because it will not get a sufficient number of votes from the legislators

The impeachment complaints against Vice President Maria Leonor “Leni” Robredo, on the other hand, will be set aside until those who filed against can find a congressman to endorse it.

House rules state that an impeachment complaint against an elective official needs to be endorsed by a congressmen before it can tackled by the legislature.

Magdalo party-list Congressman Gary Alejano earlier filed a complaint against Duterte for the deaths of more than 8,000 drug suspects in the administration’s war on drugs, amassing ill-gotten wealter, and other high crimes. The administration has shrugged off the complaint.

House Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas and Congressman Reynaldo Umali, chairman of the House committee on justice, agreed to end deliberations on the complaint against the President before Congress adjourns at the end the month.

The justice committee is tasked to declare any impeachment complaint as sufficient in form and substance and if both are met, it is endorsed to the plenary for a vote. If all 292 congressmen vote in favor of it, the complaint is forwarded to the Senate, which will hold an impeachment trial.

But Fariñas believes that the impeachment complaint will not get enough votes from congressmen, adding that even opposition lawmakers are not keen on voting for it. GAC/Expat Media


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