MANILA - Bayan Muna Representative Neri Colmenares appealed to the majority to let President Benigno Aquino III respond to the impeachment complaints against him before the House of Representatives.
According to Colmenares, he was not surprised that the complaints were declared sufficient in form on Tuesday, the first battleground in any impeachment process.
He hopes the complaints will also be declared sufficient in substance to allow Aquino to formally respond to the charges.
"We hope hindi last hurrah ang issue ng substance kasi hindi ito dapat major na issue sa impeachment," he said.
The vote on substance is expected next week.
Colmenares hopes the impeachment battle will not come down to a numbers game between the majority, which is dominated by Aquino allies, and the minority.
He feels the administration allies may be inconsistent in invoking the pendency of the motion for reconsideration on the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) in dealing with the impeachment.
Colmenares noted that the House ignored the pendency of a petition filed by then Ombudsman Merceditas Gutierrez when she was being impeached.
"Klaro sa tao selective kayo," he said.
He also criticized the majority for making an issue over the absence of valid IDs when the second complaint was filed.
He said no such requirement was needed during the impeachment of former Chief Justice Renato Corona.
Colmenares said he did not anticipate that the majority will nitpick on the complaints.
"We didn't expect they're going to let it go for Gutierrez or Corona, but not let it go when it comes to President Aquino," he said.
Colmenares is a veteran of the Arroyo, Gutierrez, and Corona impeachment proceedings.