De Lima twits Speaker over 'insane' Robredo ouster threat


Posted at Mar 19 2017 12:11 PM

De Lima twits Speaker over 'insane' Robredo ouster threat

Vice President Leni Robredo, House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez and Senator Leila de Lima. File/Composite

MANILA - The suggestion of House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez to impeach Vice President Leni Robredo is an "insane" threat born out of arrogance, Senator Leila de Lima said Sunday.

"The Speaker's impeach threat vs. VP Leni is more than stupid. It's insane! It's called arrogance of power," De Lima said in a handwritten note from her detention cell in Camp Crame.

Alvarez on Friday floated the idea of impeaching Robredo for supposedly betraying public trust when she criticized the administration's war on drugs in a video message to the United Nations Commission on Narcotic Drugs.

De Lima turned the tables on Alvarez, saying the real traitors of public trust are those who seek to stifle freedom of expression, a right that Robredo merely practiced.

"Everyone enjoys freedom of thought, conscience and expression. VP Leni herself has recently reminded that criticisms and dissent are an essential component of democracy," the senator said.

"Those who cannot understand that, those who promote and condone the non-stop EJKs (extra-judicial killings), and those who propagate lies and fake news, fabricate evidence and coerce or induce false testimonies, are the real traitors, betrayers of public trust."

De Lima is detained for drug charges that she has repeatedly denied.

The Vice President's camp, meanwhile, has dismissed Alvarez's impeachment threat as "baseless" and "irresponsible."