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Nograles says impeachment ‘threats’ vs Duterte could be a crime

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By Prince Golez

Threatening President Rodrigo Duterte with an impeachment is a criminal act, said a Palace official on Wednesday.

While filing an impeachment complaint against Duterte is not a crime, Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles said that “threatening to do some sort of action and you threaten him with an impeachment act” is.

“The mere fact that you are threatening the highest official of the land… the mere fact that it goes into the realm of threatening, then it may be criminal in nature. It’s not the impeachment itself. Filing impeachment itself is not criminal but threatening somebody is,” Nograles told reporters.

Duterte’s critics have warned the Chief Executive that he could be impeached after he announced that Chinese fishermen could fish in the Philippines’ exclusive economic zone.

His failure to protect the Philippine territory can be a basis for impeachment, they said.

Nograles, meanwhile, expressed confidence that an impeachment case against the President “won’t fly.”

“As far as the impeachment case is concerned, kung ano man yung mga sinasabi ngayon na i-impeach daw si Pangulo, I don’t think they have a case. They don’t have a strong case against the President,” the secretary said.

“Kung ano mang allegations ngayon manipis, wala, mababaw,” he added.

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