'We'll watch in amusement': Palace hands off Robredo impeach threat

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 25 2019 05:16 PM | Updated as of Jul 25 2019 05:32 PM

MANILA - Malacañang on Thursday said it will not interfere should lawyer Lorenzo Gadon file an impeachment complaint against Vice President Leni Robredo.

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo insisted that the executive does not intervene with other government branches.

"Bahala siya sa sarili niya, sa kaniyang diskarte 'yun eh (It's up to him, that's his strategy). Hayaan mo siya (Let him be). Every citizen has a right to do anything legal under the Constitution. But whether it will succeed or not is another thing," Panelo told reporters.

"Never naman kaming nakialam eh (We never interfered). Palace never interferes, intrudes on other branches. Basta kami hayaan na lang namin sila (We'll just let them be). Let Congress decide, trabaho nila yun eh (that's their job). Wala kami dun (We're not involved), we’ll just watch in amusement."

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Gadon earlier said he would file an impeachment complaint against Robredo if she will be indicted for sedition and inciting to sedition charges.

The charges were filed by the Philippine National Police-Criminal Investigation and Detection Group based on the sworn statement of Gadon's client Peter Joemel Advincula alias Bikoy.

ABS-CBN News had found that 2 employees of the Office of the Solicitor General had a hand in drafting Advincula's affidavit. Gadon, however, said the PNP only consulted the OSG in filing the case.

Former Solicitor General Florin Hilbay said the OSG's involvement was alarming since the government's top lawyer only comes in in the appellate stage. 

"Ask everyone from OSG or those who held jobs there. They've never done anything of that sort. That's why it's alarming, that the institution is being used to go after members of the opposition," he said. 

Panelo, however, maintained that government was not involved.

"We repeat, the President has nothing to do with it. It’s the duty of the SolGen to review cases brought to it for consultation," he said.

"The President does not interfere with any function of any department offices or agency unless there is a charge of corruption. That’s the only time he comes into the picture."