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Yet another impeachment complaint

Manila, Philippines –
The fourth impeachment complaint against President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo has been filed by Jose “Joey” de Venecia III, UP Law Professor Harry Roque, and various civil society groups this morning at the House of Representatives.

They indeed have serious grounds and solid-proof to backup such move, from the highly controversial deals such as the NorthRail and NBN-ZTE broadband projects to the silent and nearly forgotten disappearance and murder of many indiviuals associated with the leftist movement. Unfortunately, it’s not likely to prosper as few congressmen are supporting it, with some from the minority even claiming they were not consulted regarding the matter. Of course, none from the administration congressmen are expected to support a move against their most powerful ally. And as Sen. Juan Ponce Enrile simply puts it, “Impeachment is a political case, a question of numbers.”

I, for one, initially thought it to be an exercise in futility. With PGMA having the numbers in Congress, it may be a losing political matter. With PGMA, maintaining vast influence on various courts of the judiciary, it may well too be a futile judicial exercise. But no, in fact it is not only a bold move but very impressive at that. And it will serve it’s purpose to remind the Filipino people that we have a disgraced president in our midst and that we should remain vigilant of the efforts she and her allies employ to keep themselves in power.

To quote Atty. Roque, “In our history, the powerful think that at the height of their power, they can get away with anything. But that will not last for long. And when their power slips away, we will hold them accountable.”


2 responses

  1. Or better still, when their power slips away, we will hold them by the neck.

    October 16, 2008 at 4:54 pm

  2. ginoray

    Hehe..this I gotta see. Someday, just someday…

    October 17, 2008 at 10:25 am