Party-list bloc won't back PNoy impeach rap

By RG Cruz, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Aug 05 2014 05:22 PM | Updated as of Aug 06 2014 01:22 AM

MANILA - The party-list bloc in the Lower House has signed a resolution opposing the impeachment complaints filed against President Aquino over the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) and the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA).

Ako Bicol party-list Rep. Rodel Batocabe said the party-list bloc, composed of about 40 congressmen, feels that the impeachment is baseless, time consuming and will take away attention from more pressing matters.

He said some of his colleagues have not read the complaints but have decided to oppose to avoid any delays in the legislative mills.

Any impeachment case must have the endorsement of 97 congressmen, or 1/3 of all members of the House of Representatives to go to the Senate for trial.

President Aquino enjoys a majority in the lower house.

The impeachment complaints have been referred to the committee on rules and are expected to be referred to the justice committee soon.