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PH will be laughing stock if we have 2 impeachment cases – Recto

Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto, in file photo.
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MANILA – If a second impeachment case were to be filed in the House of the Representatives, this time against Vice President Leni Robredo, the Philippines would be a laughingstock as it would be the first time that the two highest officials of the land are charged, Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto said on Monday.

Recto said that with his experience in Congress, he has never  seen an impeachment complaint against the President and the Vice-President running simultaneously.

“I think we'll be the laughingstock if we have an impeachment complaint against the President and the Vice-President to begin with,” Recto said.

He said he could not comment on the impeachment case against President Duterte since he has not read the complaint yet.

“Mukhang katawa-tawa naman tayo na merong impeachment complaint against the President and the Vice-President. Now I cannot comment on the impeachment complaint against the President because to begin with, I've not read it and that's for the House to consider at this point in time,” he said.

Recto said if the stock market falls to its lowest level, it could indicate that the impeachment process has been affecting the economy.

“The first barometer is the stock market; people vote with their money as well. So far [I have not seen any] indication that shows [our economy is being affected], in the daily lives of our people to begin with,” he said.

Message not impeachable

With this, Recto defended Robredo’s video message against the administration's war on drugs, saying it could not be a basis for impeachment on the ground of betrayal of public trust.

“[I don't see a] betrayal of public trust as far as the video message is concerned, you know. Number one, it is part of democracy to criticize government policy so I don't see any betrayal of public trust there,” Recto said.

He added, however, that the actions of  President Duterte during his incumbency as Davao City mayor are also not impeachable.

“Sa tingin ko, sa tingin ko. Katulad na rin ‘nung ibang complaint against the President noong sya'y mayor pa noon, posibleng hindi rin impeachable’ yun. But I've not seen the complaint, I'm just commenting based on what I've read in the papers,” he said.