MANILA — Solicitor General Jose Calida on Saturday said he is willing to help with the planned impeachment complaint against Vice President Leni Robredo, saying she should be removed from office for “betraying the trust of the people.”
"In the event that (Speaker Pantaleon Alavarez) will initiate the impeachment of the VP, my office will gladly lend its legal services to such endeavor," Calida said in a tweet.
Alvarez on Friday said he is thinking about filing an impeachment complaint against Robredo for "betrayal of public trust" which he says was seen on her video message to the United Nations Commission on Narcotics Drugs where she exposed the alleged "palit-ulo" scheme.
Under the said scheme, police allegedly demand that family members be taken in exchange for accused drug personalities who cannot be found.
"VP Robredo shamelessly pandered the desire of the Yellow Cult to depose President Duterte, which if successful, will immensely benefit her," Calida said.
Calida added that Robredo has joined the “ranks of the destabilizers,” and that she will “reap the the people’s wrath and contempt for her treasonous act.”
Georgina Hernandez, Robredo's spokesperson, on Friday said nothing in Robredo's video message showed betrayal of public trust, and that Alvarez's statements are just "empty threats."
"We really think that such statements should not be taken seriously and these are really just empty threats in trying to mind condition the public," she said.
Duterte's allies in the House of Representatives have a "supermajority," and only one-third of its 292 members would be needed to impeach the vice president.