The ANC Brief: Spectre of impeachment


Posted at Jun 27 2019 04:21 AM

The possibility of impeaching President Duterte is being raised over at least two issues. Here are the stories making the headlines on ANC today:

In his speech Wednesday night, President Duterte said a mouthful about our maritime relations with China and the Reed Bank incident. He said the boat of Filipino fishermen which was rammed by a Chinese vessel was only “sideswiped.” He also said that even if he barred China from fishing in our waters, there was no way he could enforce it. He also blasted Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio and opposition senators for his stand on the Reed Bank incident. Maritime expert Jay Batongbacal raised the possibility of impeachment of the president for allowing Chinese fishing vessels within the country’s exclusive economic one. The President also said former DFA Sec. Albert Del Rosario had no business using a diplomatic passport. 

Not everyone in the president’s super majority in the House of Representatives is happy with the choice of Lord Allan Velasco as next Speaker of the House. Among them are party-list Rep. Alfredo Garbin and Albay Rep. Joey Salceda. The PDP-Laban, which anointed Velasco, said the party would sanction any member who doesn’t support Velasco. The Makabayan bloc is also fielding a candidate in Rep. Carlos Zarate.

Transport issues will be front and center when Transportation Sec. Art Tugade holds a media briefing in Pampanga at 2 p.m. In light of the Reed Bank incident, the transportation department said the country’s fishing vessels need an upgrade to improve their safety and efficiency. Also, netizens are still wondering if the government can fulfill President Duterte’s promise that traveling to Makati from Cubao would take five minutes.

A lawyer of some members of the Kapa Community Ministry International hit back at government regulators for meddling in the affairs of the group. Al Vitangcol said the group is not perpetrating an investment scam. A group of donors asked the Supreme Court to stop or reverse the implementation of the Securities and Exchange Commission’s order shutting down Kapa’s operations. They also sought P3 billion in damages and want President Duterte impeached.

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