Duterte faces impeachment threat

President Rodrigo Duterte faces his first impeachment bid when an opposition lawmaker lodged an impeachment complaint against Duterte over drug-related killings, summary executions in Davao City when he was the city mayor as well as graft and corruption, The Manila Times Online reported on Friday.

“The president should be impeached due to culpable violations of the constitution, bribery, betrayal of public trust, graft and corruption and other high crimes, said Gary Alejano, a party-list representative of Magdalo, on Thursday.

Alejano’s impeachment complaint accused the president of being behind the 7,000 deaths of drug suspects and the Davao Death Squad’s execution of 1,400 individuals, hiding wealth of as much as P2.2 billion from his statement of assets, liabilities and net worth, and hiring 11,000 ghost employees when he was Davao City mayor.

“We are scared, but we can’t let this prevail over our mandate to serve the people,” said the lawmaker.

Under the constitution, a verified impeachment complaint meaning a complaint endorsed by a House member would have to be included in the House of Representatives order of business within 10 session days and referred to the proper committee within three session days thereafter.

But Alejano’s impeachment bid will not get anywhere until May 7 when Congress resumes sessions after a Lenten break.

Representative Karlo Nograles of Davao City said the impeachment complaint lacks the proper form and substance. “This is a shotgun approach. They are pushing their luck,” he said.

Duterte’s legal advisors belittled the complaint with Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre maintaining that Duterte committed no impeachable offence and would not be impeached.