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Impeachment raps vs PNoy premature - Palace

Posted at | Updated as of 07/21/14 12:53 AM

MANILA -- The impeachment complaints against President Benigno Aquino III as a result of the Supreme Court’s decision on the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) may be “premature and unwarranted,” Malacanang said.

“If the prospective impeachment complaint will be based on the DAP decision, then it could be premature and unwarranted, considering that the decision is still under reconsideration before the SC,” Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said, noting that Aquino, in pushing for the DAP, acted within the limits of his authority.

“We will respect the processes of the House of Representatives to determine whether or not there is sufficient basis for such impeachment complaint,” Colloma said.

Former Iloilo Representative Augusto "Bobby" Syjuco already filed one,w hile Bayan Muna and other militant groups are expected to file another one on Monday.

A series of protests have also been planned ahead of the filing of the complaint.

Across the country, court employees are expected to wear black shirts to counter Aquino’s call for the public to wear yellow.

Aquino’s spokesmen already said the President’s call should not be taken too seriously.

In a televised speech last week, Aquino slammed the Supreme Court for not seeing the relevance of the DAP.

The government, through the Solicitor General, eventually filed a motion for reconsideration.