Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez should be excluded from any impeachment-related proceeding after he admitted that he has a girlfriend outside of marriage, an opposition lawmaker said Friday.
“His admission of infidelity should recluse (sic) him from participating in impeachment moves, because there are ethical issues involved in impeachment,” Ifugao Rep. Teddy Baguilat, Jr. said in a statement.
Alvarez said on Wednesday that congressmen will soon begin to process the impeachment cases filed against President Rodrigo Duterte and Vice President Leni Robredo.
Magdalo Representative Gary Alejano filed a case against Duterte, over drug-related killings and allegations of undeclared wealth.
Robredo, meanwhile, was threatened with impeachment for supposedly betraying public trust when she criticized alleged human rights violations under the Duterte administration, in a video sent to the United Nations.
Earlier, some of Alvarez’s detractors urged for his disbarment also for ethical reasons, which the speaker dismissed. If this was to be strictly enforced, Alvarez said, there might not be any lawyers left.
Alvarez on Thursday admitted to having a girlfriend, and said he had been estranged from his legal wife, Emelita Apostol Alvarez, for some time.
His children also knew about the woman, Jennifer Maliwanag Vicencio, he said. However, he refrained from revealing the duration of their relationship, as it is a “secret”.