Partylist Coalition to reject impeachment vs Duterte, Robredo  

May 4 2017 3:29 PM

The Partylist Coalition at the House of Representatives will not support any moves to impeach President Rodrigo Duterte and Vice President Leni Robredo.

House of Representative session | image from PTV
House of Representative session | image from PTV

“We will not be supporting any impeachment of the president or the vice president because it will be very unproductive.  There are more pressing issues, which would be derailed if our activities will be focused on the impeachment,” Coop-NATCCO partylist Rep. Anthony Bravo said in a news conference.

AKO Bicol Rep. Rodel Batocabe said their members are “against any impeachment of any kind.”

“We are against any impeachment, we have a lot of work to do at the House,” he said.

The coalition is composed of 44 congressmen.

Batocabe also said that the impeachment moves will not gain support from the public because both the President and the Vice President are popular figures.

“How can you oust a very popular president that enjoys 71% popularity rating?  How can you oust a vice president who is also very popular and has the mandate of the people?” he said.

The impeachment complaint filed and endorsed by Magdalo partylist Rep. Gary Alejano against the President has been referred to the rules committee.  When it reaches the justice committee, the panel members will decide if it is sufficient in  form and in substance.

Two impeachment complaint are poised against Robredo, but both are not yet filed because they have no endorsers yet.