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Koko: House vote on death penalty foretells fate of impeach raps vs. Duterte

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Senate President Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III on Sunday (Mar.19) said the number of votes cast on so-called Palace’ pet measure, the death penalty bill is already indicative of the strong support to President Duterte.

As such, the possibility of the impeachment complaint recently filed against Duterte mustering at least one-third of the all the members of the House of Representatives is a remote possibility, he said.

“Hindi siguro nila makukuha sa tingin ko yung (estimated) 100 congressmen. Ang prediction ko hindi nila makukuha yun,” he said in a radio interview.

At least 217 congressmen voted for the passage of the bill returning death penalty in the country while 54 voted against it.

“Kahit na tingnan mo yung number ng ‘no’ (votes), meron pa rin supportive sa President and even to House Speaker (Pantaleon Alvarez). May mga nag vote ‘no’ because ang paninindigan nila sa issue ay ‘no’ talaga,” he said.

Last week, Magdalo party-list Rep. Gary Alejano filed an impeachment case against Duterte.

Pimentel likewise expressed doubts whether the proponents of the move could lure one-third of their colleagues in the lower house to support the impeachment complaint in a matter of two months– during the one month congressional break and the remaining four weeks of their regular session to have it affirmed and transmitted to the Senate for a full trial.