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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.



2 responses

  1. The moral question for all Filipinos is how much longer are they to put up with a government that doesn’t represent the will of our people? (Or does it?) Is “the Silent Majority” in favor of Gloria’s aims to steal more, or are they just cowards and/or too lazy to demand her removal, along with all of his Neocon henchmen?

    Are Filipino’s silent because they are asleep to the danger the Arroyo regime is creating for them? Or are they silent because the media have confused them to the point they have given up and turned on something more entertaining?

    My question is, What are we going to do about it? Grumble and then go back to watching Pinoy Fear Factor or some other useless fantasy dreamed up by the media to distract us from our duty as free men and women?

    Or have the majority of Filipino resigned themselves to not being free, as long as the 3 kilos NFA keeps rolling along? And the rest of us, who know better, are resigned to being dragged to our fate by the rest?

    Impeachment of Gloria would be a good start. They don’t want to impeach Arroyo and make Noli De Castro President and they don’t want to impeach both and make Juan Ponce Enrile President, either. Reading Enrile’s gushing speech to the Senate and to Filipino people should alert us that he would be even more willing than Arroyo to use his power to restore freedom in our country.I don’t know,Maybe,I was reading Enrile’s speech way back 1986.

    Ideally, most of Congress should also be impeached for tacitly going along with Gloria Arroyo’s election cheating, but that’s not practical. We have bigger fish to fry.

    November 26, 2008 at 10:54 pm

  2. Good thing we’re not back to feudal times (or so they say; some signs may still be well and alive than we could begin to imagine). Otherwise, heads of Congressmen will be rolling all over the plenary halls.

    Like what Thomas Jefferson said, eternal vigilance is the price of democracy. Ironically, I don’t see the point why we have to impeach an unelected president, not the least an illegitimate one. Or at the least, she isn’t my president. But we still are bound to play by the rules. A wrong can’t be corrected with another wrong. The only legal way to sack Gloria’s ass is through impeachment. That’s where the legal crusade begins. As for the moral crusade, there are several ways, people power being one of them. Too bad, though, we have a “silent” majority suspended between not caring and not minding.

    This country needs a spark.

    November 27, 2008 at 3:34 pm