PNoy not bothered by start of impeachment proceedings

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Aug 10 2014 01:25 PM | Updated as of Aug 11 2014 03:40 AM

MANILA -- President Benigno Aquino III is not bothered by the start of the impeachment proceedings against him, Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said.

In an interview with radio dzRB, Coloma said Aquino is confident he has not done anything that would warrant an impeachment and removal from office.

“Hindi po nababahala ang Pangulo doon sa mga proceedings na ‘yan dahil panatag naman po siya na wala siyang nagawang ano mang impeachable offense,” he said.

According to Coloma, it would be best to leave the process to the House of Representatives, which is mandated under the Constitution to assess and eventually proceed with impeaches cases with merits.

“Meron pong sinusunod na patakaran hinggil diyan at meron pong proseso ang ating Kamara sa pagturing sa ganyang mga usapin. Mas mainam po siguro na hintayin na lang natin ang iba pang mga kaganapang maaaring maganap hinggil diyan dahil iginagalang po ng ehekutibo ‘yung pagiging hiwalay at kapantay na sangay ng pamahalaan ng ating Kongreso o batasan,” he said.

Coloma reminded lawmakers, however, that the passage of the 2015 budget is paramount.

“Malinaw namang nakasaad ‘yung mga prayoridad ng pamahalaan. At katulad ng iniulat natin dito sa ating programa, nakipagpulong na si Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa, Jr. sa mga lider ng Kongreso kung saan ay ipinaalam niya ‘yung mga priority legislative measures ng ating pamahalaan, unang-una na nga diyan ‘yung pambansang budget para sa 2015 at ‘yung ihahain na Bangsamoro Basic Law, at ‘yun pang ibang mga priority measures na naunang inilahad na natin sa ating palatuntunan,” he added.

Kabataan Party-list Rep. Terry Ridon said he received information that the impeachment complaints may finally be referred to the Justice committee either on Monday or Tuesday.

At the Senate, meanwhile, Senator JV Ejercito will give a counter speech to Aquino’s State of the Nation Address (SONA).

Coloma said Malacanang will listen to Ejercito’s speech. “Basta kung ano man po ang ilalahad ng oposisyon sa pamamagitan ni Senador JV Ejercito, ‘yon naman po ay tutunghayan natin, uunawain natin dahil mahalaga ang dialogue—‘yung proseso ng pakikipagtalakayan—para magkaroon ng unawaan,” he said.

“Baka naman po doon sa kanyang talumpati makahanap din tayo ng tinatawag nating common ground na kung saan ay nakikiisa rin naman sila sa mga repormang isinasagawa ng ating Pangulo at ng administrasyon,” he added.