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. (more…)
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.”