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Failure to oust Philippine president expected, says bishop

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."

On May 15, the House Committee on Justice voted to reject an impeachment complaint filed against Duterte by an opposition legislator.

Members of the committee noted that the complaint was "sufficient in form but insufficient in substance."

Duterte was charged with being involved in drug-related killings, having unexplained wealth, and for his stand on the South China Sea row.

The Philippine president, however, enjoys strong support in the Lower House with at least 267 out of 293 legislators as allies.

Bishop Bastes said the only way to remove Duterte is to bring him before an independent court of justice. 

"That is why there is a move to elevate the complaints to the International Criminal Court," he said.

Bishop Ruperto Santos of Balanga, meanwhile, appealed to Filipinos to allow the president and his vice president, opposition leader Maria Leonor Robredo to do their work.

Bishop Robredo is also facing an impeachment complaint filed by Duterte's allies in Congress.

"Our president and vice president are just one year in the office. We should just let them do their work," said Bishop Santos.

"Our country has more serious problems to attend to," said Bishop Santos. "Our people has suffered much, and suffering," added the prelate.

He said moves to oust either the president or the vice president "will never be productive" but will only divide the people and impede legislator from doing their work.

House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez said that while the complaint against Duterte is "dead," a separate impeachment complaint against Robredo is still being studied.

 

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