Alejano risks ethics complaint over Duterte impeach raps

RG Cruz, ABS-CBN News

Posted at May 15 2017 03:50 PM | Updated as of May 15 2017 05:46 PM

Magdalo Partylist Congressman Gary Alejano speaks during a news conference at the House of Representatives in Quezon city, Metro Manila in the Philippines March 30, 2017. Erik De Castro, Reuters

MANILA (UPDATED)- Magdalo Rep. Gary Alejano may face an ethics complaint for claiming he had personal knowledge of his allegations against President Rodrigo Duterte in his impeachment complaint.

The warning came from House Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas who noted that Alejano based his allegations on news reports, the Senate testimony of self-confessed hitmen, unauthenticated bank documents and the affidavit of Senator Antonio Trillanes.

"Propaganda na ang nangyayari rito na ginawa na ni Senator Trillanes, ngayon ginagawa niyo rito. I'm warning you, you may be subjected to an ethics case here, " Fariñas said.

Alejano had sworn under oath that he did have personal knowledge but during Monday's hearing, he did admit that his complaint was mainly based on "open sources," but insisted that these could not be deemed hearsay because he personally reviewed that information.

"I affirm the contents of the verification -- that I have personal knowledge based on facts culled from authentic records," he said.

Saying most of the allegations were based on "hearsay evidence," the House justice committee on Monday thumbed down the impeachment complaint against the chief executive for lack of sufficiency in substance.

A total of 42 lawmakers voted that the complaint was insufficient in substance. The committee however voted that the complaint was sufficient in form.

In a press conference following the committee's decision, Alejano welcomed the possibility of an ethics complaint.

"Andito ako dahil inihalal ako ng mga tao. Kung gusto nilang mag-file sa ethics committee, i-file nila," he said