May ma-file lang! Pangilinan says impeach raps vs. Robredo ‘pulled out of thin air’
Senator Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan has dismissed as a mere form of “bullying” the impeachment complaint filed by pro-administration lawyers against Vice President Leni Robredo.
“The impeachment case against Vice President Leni Robredo was pulled out of thin air and completely baseless. Clearly, free speech – whatever way, inside or outside the country – is non-impeachable. In fact, this is protected by the Constitution,” Pangilinan said in a statement Wednesday (May 2).
A group of lawyers led by Bruce Rivera and Politiko’s former publisher, Trixie Cruz Angeles, planned to submit an endorsement complaint against Robredo when Congress resumed sessions on Tuesday (May 2).
However, they failed to get a lawmaker who will endorse the complaint.
Rivera and Angeles had claimed they sought the endorsement of PBA party-list Rep. Jericho Nograles for the complaint, but he denied talking to them about it.
The lawyers cited as basis for impeaching Robredo the video message she taped for a United Nations event in which she criticized the war on drugs and the drug-related killings that have occurred under the administration.
Robredo’s legal adviser Barry Gutierrez said the complaint lacks legal basis.
Pangilinan, president of the Liberal Party (LP) where Robredo is the party chair, said the complaint is just a form of harassment even as he expressed confidence that it will eventually be dismissed.
“We call on the people to maintain vigilance and take action to prevent bullying like this forced impeachment,” the senator said.