MANILA, Philippines - Navotas Rep. Tobias Tiangco has resigned from the majority and turned independent to protest the majority's alleged railroading of Supreme Court Chief Justice Renato Corona’s impeachment.
Tiangco also gave up his chairmanship of the Metro Manila Development Committee, which has been turned over to San Juan Rep. JV Ejercito.
In a privilege speech, Tiangco decried the alleged nonobservance of due process in the impeachment case, pointing out the complaint was approved even without the benefit of congressmen reading and studying it.
He said the majority did not allow them to ask questions when the complaint was presented to the members at a caucus.
Tiangco said he has no quarrel with President Benigno Aquino and does not intend to protect former President Gloria Arroyo, who is seen as the patron of Corona.
However, he said he has to stand up for the high court.
Tiangco accused Congress of becoming a rubber stamp of Malacañan.