MANILA - Filing an impeachment complaint against President Rodrigo Duterte would not violate any law, according to Sen. Francis Pangilinan.
Pangilinan, president of the opposition Liberal Party, said on Friday that "impeaching a President is not a crime."
His statement came after Duterte threatened to send to jail those who would file an impeachment complaint against him over his recent pronouncements on the hit-and-run incident involving Chinese and Filipino fishermen in Recto Bank in the West Philippine Sea.
Meanwhile, former Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario said he was "deeply saddened" by the President's threats of jailing critics of the administration.
Some opposition lawmakers are considering filing an impeach complaint against the President after he welcomed the idea of China fishing in the Philippines' exclusive economic zone (EEZ), where Manila has exclusive rights to resources, based on a 2016 ruling of a United Nations-backed court.
Duterte's spokesperson, Salvador Panelo, also said the government would "tolerate" China's fishermen in the EEZ.
Critics say Duterte and his officials' pronouncements on the maritime dispute could be used as bases for an impeachment complaint against the President. - Zandro Ochona, ABS-CBN News