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Belaro sees ‘basis’ for Robredo impeachment…but there’s a catch

Mar 20, 2017 @ 14:25

Assistant Majority Leader, 1-ANG EDUKASYON Party-list Rep. Salvador Belaro Jr. said Monday (March 20) that he sees a “basis” for an impeachment complaint against Vice President Leni Robredo based on the videotaped message that the latter gave to the United Nations (UN) Commission on Narcotics.

“The only statement there which I think would be a basis for impeachment would be rallying Filipinos to prevent brazen acts…something like that,” Belaro, a lawyer, told a news forum at the House of Representatives (HOR).

The exact line that Belaro was referring to from Robredo’s five-minute message read like this: “We asked [President Rodrigo Duterte] to be the leader he promised to be and evoke in our people hope and inspiration instead of fear.

“We told him do not allow the lies to distort the truth. We also asked the Filipino people to defy brazen incursions on their rights. Our people have fought long for our rights and freedoms.”

“To me that is double meaning. Because even under our laws, self defense is a right,” Belaro noted.

Last week, House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez said that he’s mulling the filing of an impeachment complaint against Robredo, who was slowly but surely turned one of Duterte’s biggest critics.

Alvarez has also connected the lady politiko to the impeachment taps filed last Thursday (March 16) against Duterte, which coincided with the news of the UN Commission on Narcotics video.

Still, Belaro admitted that such basis against Robredo isn’t beyond reasonable doubt.

“One of the grounds for impeachment is culpable violation of the Constitution, that could be treason.

“But what I’m saying is that on the basis of that statement alone, I could not form judgement based on beyond reasonable doubt that there was an impeachable offense. But perhaps if you add other acts, perhaps there could be a basis,” the party-list solon said.

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