Published: Fri, March 17, 2017
World | By Carl Welch

Duterte Impeachment Papers Filed in the Philippines

Duterte Impeachment Papers Filed in the Philippines

A Philippine party-list representative on Thursday filed an impeachment complaint against President Rodrigo Duterte, the first attempt to unseat the leader in his eight-month administration.

Malacañang insisted that Duterte did not commit treason, betrayal of public trust, bribery or graft -which might warrant the impeachment of a President - and remains confident that it would not prosper.

Duterte has rejected allegations about his past multiple times, and a spokesperson for him, Ernesto Abella, claimed Alejano was trying to create doubts among the public about the administration.

"Duterte committed high crimes of bribery, multiple murder and crimes against humanity when he adopted a state policy of inducing policemen, other law-enforcement authorities and vigilante groups into the extrajudicial killings of more than 8,000 persons who were merely suspected of being drug offenders", he said. Please refresh page for updates.

"The impeachment complaint is utterly baseless, there being no basis in fact or in law". Alejano said in a Rappler Talk interview.

"We believe he should answer for his crimes". The Blue House, now without a tenant after President Park Geun-hye was removed last week from office following the Constitutional Court verdict upholding legislative impeachment motion, did not make any statement.

Lower house speaker and Pantaleon Alvarez said Alejano would not succeed in his impeachment bid, but he should still be given a chance to exercise his rights.

Since Duterte assumed office a year ago, approaching 8,000 drug suspects have been killed, more than half by unknown gunmen on motorcycles.

Opponents of Filipino President Rodrigo Duterte have launched a campaign to impeach him over alleged alleged abuse of power and corruption. "They will not succeed", he said, adding the impeachment claims are not rooted in fact.

"All I can say is, without necessarily associating myself with them in the matter of impeaching PRRD [Duterte], my simple message is, good luck to them", Lacson added.

"It seems rather dramatic that everything seems to be so coordinated at this stage. It will crash like a rudderless plane flown by witless pilots", Calida said.

The deal is the likely result of a rapprochement between the two countries since Rodrigo Duterte became president past year, effectively reversing tension over the South China Sea territorial disputes.

Other senators had a different view.

House Majority Floor Leader and Ilocos Norte Rep. Rodolfo Fariñas said "it has turned out that the Senate hearing on the alleged DDS was a preview or dry run of the impeachment complaint".

He said he preferred that the group chose a constitutional way of removing a sitting president instead of resorting to extra-constitutional means like the 2003 mutiny against President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

He is also scheduled to keynote a gathering of the Filipino community in Nay Pyi Taw, Mayanmar's capital. Francis Pangilinan called for respect for the impeachment process.

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