Weeks later, still no congressman endorsing Robredo impeachment complaint

Trishia Billones, ABS-CBN News

Posted at May 17 2017 12:37 AM

Vice President Leni Robredo. Fernando G. Sepe, Jr., ABS-CBN News/file

MANILA - House Committee on Justice Chairman Oriental Mindoro Representative Reynaldo Umali on Tuesday said the impeachment complaint against Vice President Leni Robredo will not prosper in his committee without an endorsement by a lawmaker.

"There is [a complaint] against the Vice President, but this has not yet been endorsed so that might not even see daylight in my committee if no endorsement is made," he said in an interview with ANC's Beyond Politics.

"It will not even pass the SecGen because it cannot be included in the calendar of business without that," he added.

While Umali's justice committee on Monday recommended that the impeachment bid against President Rodrigo Duterte be junked, there are currently two impeachment cases against Robredo pending at the House of Representatives. 

Atty. Oliver Lozano, a lawyer associated with former President Ferdinand Marcos, filed the impeachment complaint alleging violation of the Constitution and betrayal of public trust in Robredo's video message to the United Nations where she criticized the administration's war on drugs.

Another group who itself themselves "Impeach Leni Movement" filed a separate complaint claiming that she betrayed public trust over the video message.

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

Confusion ensued after lawyer Bruce Rivera, a member of the group, said they already secured a congressman's "commitment" to endorse their complaint, but Pwersa ng Bayaning Atleta party-list Rep. Jericho Nograles denied backing any impeachment bid, saying two people approached him with a complaint bearing his name without his consent.   

In the interview, Umali said he has not heard of any lawmaker who has come forward and is willing to endorse any of the complaints against Robredo.

Robredo earlier said she was unfazed by threats of impeachment as she denied allegations hurled against her, including claims that she had dishonored the country.