VP Leni unfazed by impeachment bid

ABS-CBN News

Posted at May 06 2017 04:45 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo in her guesting at Failon Ngayon on DZMM on March 28, 2017. Fernando G. Sepe Jr., ABS-CBN News

MANILA- Vice President Leni Robredo remains unfazed by threats of impeachment as she denied allegations hurled against her, including claims that she had dishonored the country. 

In an open forum at St. Theresa's College in Quezon City on Saturday, Robredo said her calmness stems from the fact that the accusations against her were false.

"I think 'yung pagiging calm comes from the fact that none of the accusations are true. Kung 'di naman totoo, you won't be bothered (I think the calmness comes from the fact that none of the accusations are true. If they're not true, you won't be bothered)," she said.

Earlier this week, Robredo's critics, known staunch supporters of the President, filed an impeachment complaint against her for allegedly betraying public trust over a video message she sent to the United Nations.

The complaint has not been endorsed by a lawmaker, which is required to set impeachment proceedings in motion.

Lawyer Bruce Rivera claimed that Robredo betrayed public trust when she sent a video message criticizing the government's war on drugs to the UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs. 

By sending the video message, Rivera said Robredo "dishonored" the Filipino people by saying that 7,000 people have died in the drug war of the Duterte administration.

The administration is asserting that less than 2,000 were killed in legitimate police anti-drug operations. 
 
Rivera also accused Robredo of misusing Pag-IBIG funds when she was chairman of the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC) and alleged that Robredo sponsored a national convention in the United States, which is not connected to housing. 

The President, himself facing an impeachment complaint over drug killings and alleged secret bank accounts, has expressed disapproval for the impeachment bid against Robredo.