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Duterte ouster nixed

  • Written by Jester P. Manalastas
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MEMBERS of the Liberal Party (LP) in the House of Representatives agreed not to support the pending impeachment complaint against President Rodrigo Duterte.

This was confirmed by Deputy Speaker Romero Quimbo, head of the LP contingent in the supermajority bloc, following the party caucus two days ago.

According to Quimbo, the LP believes that any impeachment talk is divisive and will do no good for the country.

“We came to a common consensus that we strongly believe that the taking up by the House of Representatives of any impeachment complaint today will only be divisive as well as polarizing,” Quimbo said.

“For these very imperative reasons, the LP House majority caucus members present categorically took a position that we will not support any of the impeachment complaints filed against the leaders of the land,” he added.
    
Likewise the LP reiterated their support to their present party leader, Vice President Leni Robredo, and will bloc any attempt to impeach her.
    
Magdalo Rep. Gary Alejano, a member of the House opposition bloc, has filed an impeachment case against Duterte for alleged betrayal of public trust, culpable violations of the Constitution and other high crimes.
    
Meanwhile, Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez is mulling the filing of impeachment complaint against Robredo for betrayal of public trust and treason when she sent a video message to the United Nations citing the alleged human rights violations under Duterte administration.
   
About 15 members of the LP attended the meeting with Robredo.
    
“Like with most of our past meetings, a number of administrative-party matters were discussed including payment of party dues and proposed schedules for the second half of the year,” Quimbo said.