Palace distances from Robredo impeachment talk

Pia Gutierrez, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 15 2019 04:03 PM

MANILA - Malacañang said Monday it is leaving it up to the courts to decide whether Vice President Leni Robredo should be impeached over her remarks supporting the United Nations resolution seeking to review the drug war.

“The Supreme Court, or no, rather the impeachment court will be the ultimate decider of that legal issue,” Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo told reporters.

Presidential Anti Corruption Commission (PACC) Commissioner Atty Manuelito Luna earlier said Robredo should be accountable for her expression of support for the UN Human Rights Commission resolution against the Philippines.

“For the nth time, she has made it appear that the government is guilty of human rights abuses, and that's betrayal of public trust,” Luna said in a statement. 

"It's about time that she should be held to account for her political sins against the Filipino people."

Luna, however, said his statement was only a "warning."

"It’s a warning so she can also think it over, that she has to temper her statements. Although I respect her, she’s a politician, she’s a lawyer like me but she has to temper her statements," Luna told ANC's Early Edition.

When asked if Robredo's remarks can be used to impeach her, Panelo said: “Is ignorance a betrayal of the public trust? That’s my response. If gross ignorance is the ground for impeachment, is that a ground under the Constitution? Draw your conclusion."