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Alvarez to spearhead impeach move vs VP Robredo

House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez; Vice President Leni Robredo in inset.

InterAksyon.com
The online news portal of TV5

MANILA, Philippines - Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez said Friday he would personally file an impeachment complaint against Vice President Leni Robredo for "betrayal of public trust."

That is, as soon as his "research" is complete, Alvarez elaborated.

He confirmed his plans in a text message, adding that he intends to be the one to initiate the move to impeach Robredo, whom he earlier accused of being behind the destabilization attempts on President Rodrigo Duterte.

The basis for the impeachment, Alvarez indicated, would be the six-minute video message that the Vice President sent to the United Nations Commission on Narcotic Drugs criticizing the Duterte administration's brutal campaign on illegal drugs, which has reportedly claimed the lives of over 8,000 people.

Alvarez considered Robredo's message before the international body a betrayal of public trust, one of the impeachable offenses under the Constitution.

"Sa buong buhay ko, ngayon lang ako nakakita ng isang mataas na opisyal ng gobyerno na walang pakundangan siraan ang ating bansa sa international community... Ano ang magiging epekto noon economically (This is the first time in my life I see a high official of the land badmouthing our country in the international community. What effect will this have economically)?" he asked in a television interview.

On Thursday, partylist Representative Gary Alejano of Magdalo filed an impeachment complaint against Duterte, citing the extra legal killings linked to the drug war.

Alvarez said the impeachment move by Alejano, along with the message to the UN body of VP Robredo, could be construed as part of moves to destabilize the President and remove him from power, which to him indicated Robredo's handiwork.

"Definitely yes. Sino pa ang magbe-benefit diyan (Who else would be the beneficiary)?" Alvarez asserted when asked to clarify his pronouncement.

Alvarez said Robredo was likely worried that a recount of the ballots cast for Vice President in the last elections would reveal that she is not the real winner.

Robredo is facing an election protest lodged by her rival, former Sen. Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos, Jr. before the Presidential Electoral Tribunal, which recently decided to proceed with the hearing of the case.

"Malamang natatakot siya na kapag binilang yung resulta noong eleksyon ay talagang hindi aabot dahil alam naman niya na hindi totoong talagang nanalo siya (She's probably afraid of that unraveling, that she was not the real winner)," Alvarez said.

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