WATCH | Speaker bent on impeaching Robredo
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(UPDATED - 9:56 p.m.) MANILA, Philippines -- Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez remains bent on filing an impeachment complaint against Vice President Leni Robredo and said "my lawyers are studying it now.”
On Monday, lawyer Oliver Lozano and Melchor Chavez submitted a draft impeachment complaint against Robredo before the office of Alvarez and sought his endorsement.
The Speaker, who is currently in Zamboanga with several congressmen for the Mindanao leg of the roll on-roll off expedition to inspect the country’s various ports, said he has yet to see the draft of the document and could not yet comment on it.
Last week, he said he might file a complaint against Robredo for betrayal of public trust, citing a video message from the Vice President’s to the United Nations Commission on Narcotic Drugs in which she criticizes the heavy loss of life -- the latest estimates place the death toll at more than 8,000 -- that has marked the Duterte administration's war on drugs.
Also last week, Magdalo party-list Representative Gary Alejano filed an impeachment complaint against President Rodrigo Duterte accusing him of culpable violation of the Constitution, bribery, betrayal of public trust, graft and corruption, and other high crimes.
The Speaker claimed Alejano’s complaint and Robredo’s video were part of efforts to destabilize the government and oust Duterte.
Alvarez said Robredo's message before the international body constituted a betrayal of public trust, one of the impeachable offenses under the Constitution.
The complaint of Lozano and Chavez, known Marcos loyalists, also cited betrayal of public trust and culpable violation of the Constitution, saying Robredo had shamed the nation in her video message to the UN body.
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