Philippine Vice President Maria Leonor ``Leni`` Robredo


Lawyer, broadcaster accuse Robredo of ‘betrayal of public trust, culpable violation of the Constitution’


MANILA – A lawyer and a radio broadcaster jointly filed an impeachment complaint against Vice President Maria Leonor “Leni” Robredo for alleged betrayal of public trust and culpable violation of the Philippine Constitution through her video message to the UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs.

Lawyer Oliver Lozano and broadcaster Melchor Chavez asked House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez to endorse their six-page impeachment complaint against Robredo but Alvarez said he has yet to read it.

The complaint was filed at Alvarez’s office late yesterday afternoon instead of the office of the House secretary-general because an impeachment complaint has to be endorsed by a congressman in order to be accepted by the House secretary-general.

Alvarez’s office marked “received” on the complaint.

Lozano and Chavez are known supporters of the Marcos family. Lozano is known for being a serial impeachment complaint filer during the administrations of Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and Benigno Aquino III.

They described Robredo as a “termite of the government” and that her “unfaithfulness has extended to the betrayal of the public trust and culpable violation of the Constitution.”

They said Robredo “betrayed the people by shaming the nation with her dishonest message to the United Nations.”

In her video message to the UN body, Robredo lambasted the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte for its war on drugs that has resulted in the deaths of more than 8,000 drug suspects in police operations or by vgilantes.

Deputy Speaker Miro Quimbo, an ally of Robredo in the House of Representatives, dismissed the complaint for being baseless and asked Alvarez to junk it.

Quimbo said Congress should not give credence to “recidivist impeachers” who “trivialize this deeply sacred accountability measure enshrined in our Constitution.”

Robredo’s spokeswoman Georgina Hernandez had dismissed plans to impeach Robredo.

The filing of the impeachment complaint against Robredo comes a few days after Magdalo party-list representative Gary Alejano also sought to impeach Duterte for alleged involvement in extrajudicial killings, amassing ill-gotten wealth and other high crimes.

The Duterte administration and allies of the President shrugged off the complaint. GAC/Expat Media


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