Critics seek endorsement of impeach rap vs VP Robredo


Posted at May 02 2017 06:03 PM | Updated as of May 02 2017 10:10 PM

Lawyer Bruce Rivera and President Leni Robredo. Composite

MANILA - Critics of Vice President Leni Robredo are hoping to secure the endorsement of a congressman for their impeachment complaint against her. 

The group 'Impeach Leni Movement' submitted an impeachment complaint against Robredo before a male congressman after she submitted a video message criticizing the government's war on drugs to the United Nations Commission on Narcotic Drugs.

Lawyer Bruce Rivera said the male lawmaker, whom he refused to identify, is still "studying" the complaint for possible endorsement.

"I don’t want to preempt anything, mahirap kasi. Personally, alam kong may commitment na, pero sasabihin kong may commitment, I don’t want to [preempt]," he said.

He explained further that a number of representatives approached their group when they were still forming their complaint "because that was what they also wanted and they wanted to endorse."

"In more ways than one, we wanted to understand that they wanted to be circumspect about it and tread lightly," he said.

He also claimed they will have the numbers to successfully impeach Robredo.

In a press conference, Rivera said Robredo "dishonored" the Filipino people by claiming that 7,000 people have died in the drug war of the Duterte administration. 

Rivera also accused Robredo of misusing Pag-IBIG funds when she was chairman of the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC). He said Robredo sponsored a national convention in the US, which is not connected to housing. 

"Number one, she misstated several things in her SALN. Number two, there are funds in the HUDCC that were not properly used," he said. 

The impeachment complaint was submitted on the same day Robredo paid an P8-million cash deposit as initial installment for her counter-protest to former Senator Ferdinand 'Bongbong' Marcos' challenge to her May 2016 electoral victory.

House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez earlier said Robredo's submission of the video was "very irresponsible and a stupid move" as this could hamper the country's economy and tourism.