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Congress dismisses impeachment bid against Duterte

Failure to oust Philippine president expected, says bishop

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte delivers a speech in Davao City upon his arrival from a visit to China on May 16. (Photo courtesy of Malacanang Palace) 

Joe Torres, Manila
Philippines

May 17, 2017

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A leading Philippine Catholic bishop said a failed bid by the Lower House of Congress to oust President Rodrigo Duterte was expected.

"The reasons for impeachment may be legally substantial, but [the president's] political allies can easily call these lacking in substance," said Bishop Arturo Bastes of Sorsogon.

The prelate said any move to impeach Duterte will not succeed because he has the "overwhelming support of Congress."

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