PNoy ready to face impeachment, Palace says

by Willard Cheng, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jan 21 2014 08:40 PM | Updated as of Jan 22 2014 04:40 AM

MANILA - President Aquino is ready to face impeachment if charges are filed against him for meeting with opposition senator Senator Ramon "Bong" Revilla Jr. during the trial of then Chief Justice Renato Corona, a Palace official said Tuesday.

"Sa bawat pagkakataon din, ang parating sagot ng Pangulo ay handa naman siyang harapin kung ito man ay ihahain ng mga miyembro ng Kongreso," Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Sonny Coloma said in a media briefing in Malacañang.

Coloma said he sees no impropriety in Aquino meeting with Revilla.

Echoing the statement of Interior Secretary Mar Roxas, Coloma said it was normal for Aquino to meet Revilla being leaders in their respective political parties.

"Sinabi na po ng Pangulo na ang kanyang pakay ay upang tanungin si Senador Revilla hinggil sa mga ulat na may mga impluwensyang ginagamit hinggil sa kahihinatnan ng impeachment trial at sa amin pong assessment wala pong impropriety," he said.

Coloma said it was "out of character" for Aquino to solicit Revilla's vote to convict Corona, denying that Aquino meddled in the impeachment process.

Aquino does not regret meeting Revilla, according to Coloma.

The Palace believes Revilla is diverting public attention from the charges against him and urged him to give the public a "full explanation" on how be used his pork barrel allocation.

Coloma, meanwhile, said the Palace has yet to see the lawsuit filed by the left-wing Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas (KMP) against President Aquino over the alleged misuse of the Malampaya funds.

"Hihintayin po nating makita kung ano ang nilalaman ng complaint na iyun," he said.

He added that the President is immune from lawsuits. "Batid po natin na habang siya ay nanunungkulan bilang Pangulo, ang Pangulo po ay mayroong immunity from suit."