Fourth impeachment complaint against GMA voted down again
Manila, Philippines –
As expected, President Arroyo’s allies in the Lower House junked the impeachment complaint filed by Joey de Venecia by a majotiry vote of 42-8 among the members of the justice committee.
Though sufficiency in substance may have been established through the recital of facts, pro-administration congressmen who voted against the impeachment complaint still argued that offenses included in the complaint are mere rehash. This decision will now be endorsed by the committee to the plenary for possible adoption or predicted rejection.
Since majority of the House members are pro-administration, the complaint has a nil chance of getting one-third of the votes needed to be adopted for trial. Unless these congressmen realize how truly unpopular GMA is, the possibility of them turning off their constituents and putting their reelection bids at risk will never faze them.
Indeed, the impeachment is virtually dead and GMA will have another year to celebrate her victory. Still, we must continue fighting. The bigger fight, the fiercer battle, the ultimate war is drawing near, the Cha-cha, that is. GMA will surely be in for a surprise because Filipinos are ready for it, ready to go to the streets if needed so as to uphold the Constitution and to protect it from attempts of self-serving politicians to utilize it to feed their greed for power.