Alejano says criticism vs Duterte is 'issue-based'
Magdalo Rep. Gary Alejano on Tuesday said his criticism against President Rodrigo Duterte is based on issues, likening it to his previous tirades against former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.
Alejano, a former soldier running for senator, led Magdalo soldiers in botched mutinies against Arroyo in 2003 and 2007 over allegations of corruption.
The mutinies, he said, were "issue-based" like his tirades against Duterte.
"I have nothing against President Duterte. Pero iyung issue na importante na tinatamaan kami at ang bayan, we have to stand up," he told ANC.
"We're not doing this just to attack personally. He's the one implementing the policies of the country and therefore we should [make him accountable]," he added.
Alejano in 2017 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 impeachment complaint was junked for insufficiency in substance.
The lawmaker and Sen. Antonio Trillanes in the same year filed a supplemental complaint against Duterte before the International Criminal Court (ICC).
Asked if he supports any policy championed by the President, Alejano cited Duterte's support for the military.
He also acknowledged that the President did not spurn the bills he co-authored, including those concerned with the national ID system, free tertiary education, and irrigation.
Alejano also said he has not opposed the administration's budget proposals, adding "I am supporting things which I believe is good for the country."
DZMM, 19 March 2019