House to process Duterte, Robredo impeach bids
Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez said Wednesday congressmen will process the impeachment bids against President Rodrigo Duterte and Vice President Leni Robredo.
"Didinggin po namin iyan. We have to process all impeachment cases," Alvarez told radio DZMM.
(We will hear the complaints. We have to process all impeachment cases.)
Magdalo Rep. Gary Alejano had called for Duterte's removal over killings linked to his war on drugs and allegations he kept secret bank accounts.
Just days after, Alvarez threatened to impeach Robredo for supposedly betraying public trust with a video message to the United Nations, in which she slammed the alleged human rights violations under Duterte's war on drugs.
A group of lawyers allied with Robredo's defeated rival, former Senator Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr., have prepared a draft impeachment complaint against the Vice President. This needs the endorsement of a congressman before it can be considered filed.
Duterte has thumbed down the impeachment attempt against Robredo, telling lawmakers to "lay off" his second in command.
Though Alvarez claimed he has yet to talk with the President, he asserted the separation of powers between the branches of government and said that congressmen are mandated to hear the ouster raps against Robredo.
"Iginagalang ko ang statement ng ating Pangulo pero alam nating lahat na mayroon kaming mandato sa ilalim ng Saligang Batas na kung saan ay kami po ang mayroong exclusive jurisdiction para dinggin iyung lahat ng inihaing impeachment against any impeachable official. Ito po ay gagampanan namin," he said.
(I respect the statement of the President but we have a mandate under the Constitution in which we have exclusive jurisdiction to hear impeachment complaints against any impeachable official. We will fulfill that mandate.)
"Alam naman nating lahat na may separation of powers," he added.
Alvarez also said congressional committees will continue tackling proposed laws amid impeachment proceedings so that the House agenda will not be derailed.