In case you missed it, Vice President Leni Robredo told her radio show listeners that a few minority Congressmen is not a hindrance in impeaching President Duterte.
Robredo made the remark following the statement of Prof. Jay Batongbacal that President Duterte can possibly be impeached for allowing China to fish inside the Philippines exclusive economic zone or EEZ.
Robredo: Kaunti lang ang minorya ang mahalaga doon, hindi ka napapagod ipaglaban yung tama.
The experts, cited Article XII, Sec 2 of the 1987 Constitution which specifically states, “The state shall protect the nation’s marine wealth in its archipelagic waters, territorial sea, and exclusive economic zone, and reserve its use and enjoyment exclusively to Filipino citizens,” as the ground for possible impeachment of Duterte.
Robredo said that the lawmakers should not be the only one making decisions in matters like impeachment but the public as well.
However, as far as LP stalwart and incumbent Senator Franklin Drilon is concerned, the Vice-President is grasping at straws.
Drilon send the emphatic statement to Leni Robredo during an interview with local reporters.
Drilon remarked that President’s mind as a lawyer and prosecutor is working when he made the verbal agreement with the Chinese President.
Drilon, who is not your average lawyer before becoming a long-time senator, said the primary evidence would either be a signed document or a verbal testimony.
In other words, Robredo’s impeachment case is just a waste of time, effort and government money.
“The President’s mind as a lawyer and as a prosecutor is working. Tell me, if it is a ground for impeachment, how do you prove a verbal agreement?” said Drilon.
“The primary evidence would either be a document signed or a verbal testimony. There is no document. The verbal testimony is between the President and Xi Jinping. So, tell me, who would be witness to that?”
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