Palace unfazed by impeach threat vs Duterte over foreign intel on critics

Dharel Placido, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Sep 13 2018 05:15 PM

MANILA - Malacañang on Thursday shrugged off an opposition lawmaker’s threat to file another impeachment complaint against President Rodrigo Duterte over his supposed acceptance of intelligence information from a foreign country.

Duterte 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 was true, the President may have violated the country’s anti-wiretapping law and allowed breach of security by a foreign country, said Magdalo Rep. Gary Alejano, whose group has been accused by the President of conniving with the communists and other opposition forces to oust him.

“Eh alam naman iyan ng buong kasama niya, palaging nagpa-file ng impeachment complaint at wala naman hong nangyari. So let him file another impeachment complaint, wala rin namang mangyayari diyan kasi wala naman talagang saysay,” Roque said in a press briefing.

(They always file an impeachment complaint but nothing happens. So let him file another impeachment complaint because nothing will happen because it is pointless.)

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

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

Roque has also downplayed the supposed spying of a foreign country on the President’s critics, saying sharing “intelligence information” is part of “diplomatic relations.”