IMPEACHMENT | How it works and who have been charged
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MANILA, Philippines -- After only nine months in office, an impeachment complaint has been filed against President Rodrigo Duterte at the House of Representatives by Magdalo party-list Representative Gary Alejano for culpable violation of the Constitution, bribery, betrayal of public trust, graft and corruption, and other high crimes.
Impeachment is the constitutional process of removing public servants from office as an assurance against abusive officials. Its sole object is to determine whether or not the official is still worthy of trust and not to decide criminal guilt or innocence.
The following officials are subject to impeachment: President, Vice President; members of the Supreme Court; members of the Civil Service Commission, Commission on Elections, Commission on Audit, and the Ombudsman.
Since 1935, only three officials have been impeached: President Joseph Estrada, Ombudsman Merceditas Gutierrez, and Chief Justice Renato Corona.