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Duterte’s super majority allies have only 2 choices on Sereno: Impeach or leave

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For Deputy Speaker Fredenil Castro, the 268 members of President Rodrigo Duterte’s super majority coalition in the House have only two choices – impeach Chief Justice Ma. Lourdes Sereno or get out of the alliance.

In an interview with DZBB news anchor and reporter Rowena Salvacion Sunday, Castro pointed out that the impeachment process was a political rather than a judicial exercise and House members were largely expected to vote based on their political stand more than the merits of the case.

“Unang una, sinabi ko political. Kaya ngayon kung may super majority si presidente, alangan naman na iwanan ng super majority ang kanyang kaalyado no?” said Castro,
“Pangalawa, alam mo may super majority si presidente, alangan naman na hindi panindigan ng mga kasapi ng partido o mga leaders ng partido ang kanilang pagiging kasapi ng super majority?” he added.

Duterte has not been secretive about his desire for Serene to suffer the same fate of her predecessor, the late Chief Justice Renato Corona, who was impeached in 2012 under the Aquino administration. The House only needs 98 votes or one-third of the 294 -strong House.
Castro said that if they vote against the super majority’s stand, they would have to ask themselves what was the point of staying with Duterte’s coalition.

“Ito ba ay para lamang sa inyong sariling kapakanan o kayo ba ay naging miyembro ng super majority dahil ibig ninyong suportahan ang programa ng administrasyon na ikabubuti ng bayan?” said Castro who noted that super majority members who go against Duterte’s wishes should “suffer the consequences.”

Castro said this meant defiant members should be true to themselves and leave the coalition.

“Dahil lumalabas na what are you for? Ito ba’y sumama ka ba sa super majority dahil meron kang sariling agenda na pansarili o sumama ka sa super majority sapagkat ikaw ay naniniwala na maganda ang programa ng…programa ng administrasyon at kailangang suportahan mo ito? These are the only choices eh,” he said.

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