SPEAKER Pantaleon “Bebot” Alvarez reiterated yesterday his determination to file a very credible and substantive impeachment complaint against Vice President Leni Robredo for allegedly maligning the country in the eyes of international community.
As of the moment, Alvarez said he is still waiting for the green light from his lawyers to file the impeachment complaint against Robredo.
“I am still in the process of consulting my lawyers. I am determined to lodge an impeachment complaint against the Vice President,” Alvarez said.
Asked about the draft impeachment complaint by serial impeachment filer Atty. Oliver Lozano and Melchor Chavez against Robredo “for culpable violation of the Constitution and/or betrayal of public trust,” Alvarez said: “I have not seen the complaint.”
Alvarez earlier accused Robredo of having a hand in the impeachment case filed by Rep. Gary Alejano against President Rodrigo “Rody” Duterte.
Alvarez noted that the filing of the impeachment complaint against President Duterte came on the heels of a video message that Robredo sent to the United Nations Commission on Narcotic Drugs where she criticized the conduct of the administration’s war against illegal drugs.
“I will file it as soon as I have a complete study and recommendation by my lawyers,” Alvarez reiterated.
Isabela Rep. Rodolfo “Rodito” Albano III, a majority leader of the powerful Commission on Appointments (CA), doubted that the Lozano impeachment complaint was credible.
”Why Oliver Lozano? He is a perpetual impeacher,” Albano said.
Nevertheless, Albano said: “I do not think the President would like her (Robredo) ousted.”
Meanwhile, the Liberal Party (LP) in the House of Representatives took the cudgels up for Robredo.
Deputy Speaker and Marikina City Rep. Miro Quimbo, an LP stalwart, said Congress “should not spend a single second on this baseless complaint.”
“It is a mere scrap of paper that is supported not by any evidence, but by mere erroneous conclusions of law.
Congress will only end up wasting time better spent on much needed legislation including those on tax reform, traffic crisis act, as well as those that seek to make economic gains more inclusive,” Quimbo said.
He added: “Congress should not allow itself to be used by these ‘recidivist impeachers’ who trivialize this deeply sacred accountability measure enshrined in our constitution. We must not allow Congress and its members to be dragged into their petty political charades.”
On Monday, Lozano sought Alvarez’s endorsement of his six-page impeachment complaint against Robredo “for culpable violation of the Constitution and/or betrayal of public trust.”
“She is the termite of the Government. Her unfaithfulness has extended to the betrayal of the public trust and culpable violation of the Constitution,” Lozano, said in his and Chavez’s letter to Alvarez.
Lozano and Chavez dismissed as “false news” the 7,000 people who had been killed by summary execution which was the content of a video message Robredo sent to the United Nations Commission on Narcotic Drugs where she criticized the conduct of the administration’s war against illegal drugs.
Because of this, Lozano and Chavez said Robredo allegedly committed a “betrayal of public trust” for she has “done injustice to the Filipino people and disservice to the nation.”
They also said Robredo allegedly “betrayed the people by shaming the nation with her dishonest message to the United Nations.”