De Lima sad that Quimbo, LP solons have lost their balls: They forgot their oath to fight corruption, tyranny
Senator Leila de Lima is not impressed by the decision of Marikina Rep. Miro Quimbo and 14 other party mates in the Liberal Party (LP) aligned with the “supermajority” not to support the impeachment case against President Rodrigo Duterte.
“I regard with serious reservations the decision of some members of the LP, especially those belonging to the so-called ‘supermajority coalition’ in Congress, to refrain from extending their support to the impeachment complaint against PresidenDuterte,” she said in a statement issued Tueday (April 25).
De Lima stood by the charges made by Magdalo party-list Rep. Gary Alejano saying that his accusations against the President are serious enough to warrant, at the very least, the opportunity to be heard.
“I hope that my party mates uphold the oath each one of us took before the Filipino electorate to fight tyranny and corruption by defending the rule of law, civil liberties and human rights,” the senator said.
The evidence Alejano is offering to be presented should first be carefully examined within the bounds of constitutionally-guaranteed processes, De Lima further said.
“We owe it to the Filipino people who elected us to be given the chance to participate in the national discourse of exacting accountability from our impeachable public officials, regardless of the outcome. Apathy, however, will only embolden those already abusive of their power and position,” she said.
Quimbo, in a statement last Friday, said the 15 LP members in the majority bloc in the lower house have decided not to support the impeachment proceedings against Duterte as this will only serve to divide the House of Representatives ad distract its legislative duties.
The matter was discussed along with the moves in the Congress to impeach LP’s titular head, Vice President Leni Robredo in a meeting held last Thursday.
“We came to a common consensus on the following matters: 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. It will only serve to distract us from the many important matters the Congress should be giving priority to. 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,” Quimbo said.