Minority intact despite dismissal of impeach complaints
MANILA - The House minority fended off observations that some of its members did not back the Makabayan bloc's bid to impeach President Benigno Aquino III.
Senior deputy minority leader Carol Jayne Lopez said the bloc even deputized Gabriela Party-list Representatives Luz Ilagan and Emmy de Jesus so they can vote in the committee.
The two are not members of the committee.
On Tuesday, only Ilagan, de Jesus, and Bayan Muna Representatives Carlos Zarate and Neri Colmenares voted to find the three impeachment complaints against Aquino sufficient in substance.
Fifty-four congressmen voted to find the complaints not sufficient in substance.
The vote on sufficiency in substance is the second battleground in the impeachment process. Last week, the three complaints hurled the test of sufficiency in form.
The complaints are in connection with the unconstitutional Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) and the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA).
Zarate, meanwhile, said the developments have the fingerprints of Malacañang all over the justice committee, which he claimed protected the alleged presidential pork of Aquino.