Alejano mulls fresh impeach raps vs Duterte over foreign intel on critics


Posted at Sep 12 2018 12:56 PM

MANILA - Magdalo Party-list Rep. Gary Alejano on Wednesday floated the idea of lodging a fresh impeachment complaint against President Rodrigo Duterte after he claimed that foreign intelligence supplied him information about his critics. 

Duterte had on Tuesday accused the Liberal Party, Senator Antonio Trillanes IV and communist rebels of plotting to overthrow him. He said a foreign country "sympathetic" to him provided him information on opposition figures. 

If this is true, the President may have violated the country’s anti-wiretapping law and allowed breach of security by a foreign country, said Alejano, who is allied with Trillanes. 

"It seems that the President is allowing a foreign country to interfere with communications of the Filipino people. That is a breach of security already in our country and if it is the president of the country allowing this by publicly announcing that there is intercepted communication within the country, [that is] problematic," Alejano told reporters. 

Alejano pointed out that Duterte earlier said Chinese President Xi Jinping had assured him that he would not let him get ousted. 

The President did not identify his foreign source of intelligence information in his televised interview Tuesday with Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo. 

"Is he already dependent [on] other countries like China and Russia for his security in office? May problema po tayo diyan, nagpapatuloy lamang na ang Pangulo kino-compromise ang ating seguridad at soberanya ng bansa,” he said. 

(We have a problem there, the President continues to compromise our security and the country's sovereignty.) 

The soldier-turned-lawmaker urged Duterte to bare the foreign intelligence report to the public. 

Alejano, however, said a fresh ouster complaint against Duterte "will come at the right time." 

"I don't think the time is right right now,” he added. 

Alejano in 2017 had sought Duterte's impeachment for allegedly ordering assassinations under the war on drugs, having ill-gotten wealth, and failing to defend the country's maritime claims in the disputed South China Sea. 

His first impeachment complaint was junked for insufficiency in substance. 

Alejano and Duterte's other critics have denied conniving to remove him from office. 

The President bared the alleged ouster plot a week since his proclamation canceling Trillanes' amnesty was made public. This revived charges filed against the senator for leading uprisings against government in 2003 and 2007, where Alejano also took part. 

The senator, one of his fiercest critics, is fighting the order in court. 

The Supreme Court on Tuesday denied his bid for a temporary restraining order and said the Makati City Regional Trial Court, which is handling cases related to mutinies Trillanes had led, must rule on the legality of the President's proclamation. 

-- Report from RG Cruz, ABS-CBN News