Rejection of impeach rap meant to impress Duterte - Alejano


Posted at May 18 2017 10:51 AM

Magdalo Partylist Congressman Gary Alejano. Erik De Castro, Reuters

MANILA - Magdalo Party-list Representative Gary Alejano believes the rejection of his impeachment complaint against President Rodrigo Duterte showed the bias of his allies in the House of Representatives.

Alejano admitted he was hoping that the committee handling the impeachment complaint would at least show fairness as an institution but he did not get the opportunity to even present his case.

"It just showed the institution and the allies of the President is biased and they did not give me the opportunity to present my case," he told ANC on Thursday.

The lawmaker stressed that more than a political process, impeaching the President is also a call for justice.

"I understand that impeachment is a political exercise but it is also a means to call for justice and accountability among officials," he said.

Alejano also believes there was an effort to impress the president on the part of the lawmakers who rejected his complaint.

"I was told by one member of the committee that there was an order not to allow me to speak," he said.

He stressed that the questions thrown at him at by the committee on justice were premature as he was expecting such to be asked at a later stage.

He added that he was not given the chance to answer about the issue of personal knowledge, which became the basis of the rejection of the complaint.

"Questions thrown at me were premature. I would have wanted not to answer them since they would be asked later," he said.

"I have personal knowledge as a complainant. They were asking for personal knowledge a s a witness," he said, adding that there are footnotes on his complaint.

Alejano said he believes they have exhausted all available remedies within the country and they are considering forwarding the complaint to the International Criminal Court.

He also said he is ready to face any ethics complaint that will be filed against him.