By Ben Rosario and MB Online
Magdalo Partylist Rep. Gary Alejano filed an impeachment complaint against President Rodrigo Duterte, saying that the chief executive should be ousted for culpable violation of the Constitution, betrayal of public trust, graft and corruption and other high crimes.
The party-list filed the impeachment complaint based on the following grounds:
- Culpable violation of the Constitution for allegedly espousing ejk victimizing at least 8,000 drug suspects
- Betrayal of public trust and bribery in connection with Davao death squad murders of drug suspects, political rivals and personal enemies as claimed by Edgar Matobato and Arthur Lascañas
- Graft and corruption based on the Commission on Audit report on alleged irregularities in the hiring of 11,000 contractual employees during his term as Davao City mayor in 2015, which cost P708 million; and his unexplained wealth in connection with the joint bank account of Duterte and daughter, Sara, according to Sen. Antonio Trillanes’ allegations.
- Other High Crimes of bribery, multiple murder and crimes against humanity
Magdalo rep. Gary Alejano insisted that the move does not intend to destabilize the President.
“The filing of this complaint will prove that there is no destabilization plot,” Alejano said. “Impeachment is a constitutional process of ousting a sitting president.”
The opposition lawmaker said the complaint warrants Duterte’s “impeachment, trial and removal from office and his perpetual disqualification” in any public office.
“Having committed all of these acts, Respondent Rodrigo Roa Duterte has not only committed graft and corruption and other high crimes, which constitute specific grounds for this impeachment form office, he has also undermined the integrity of the office of the President, has brought disrepute on the presidency, and has acted in a manner subversive of the rule of law and justice, to the manifest injury of the people of the Republic of the Philippines,” Alejano stressed.
The Palace, in contrast, believed the move was a part of a “larger scheme.”
Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella said “the action does seem like a part of a larger scheme of things to discredit the current administration.”
“So coordinated. Certainly seems like an outline.”