Davao City first district Rep. Karlo Alexei Nograles today said the impeachment complaint filed by Magdalo Party-list Rep. Gary Alejano against President Rodrigo Duterte at the House of Representatives “lacks the proper form and substance.”
“It does not have any proper grounds to merit an impeachment because it is based solely on conjectures, supposition, hearsay, and wild imagination,” Nograles said in a statement.
“Masyado nilang pinipilit ang mga alegasyon na wala naman talagang saysay o ebidensya. Sila mismo ay umaming ito ay uphill battle. By conceding the fight immediately even before the first shot is fired, clearly they know they have nothing against the President. All they wanna do is create a lot of noise and hope that all these little noises will result in a change of administration, whether legally or unconstitutionally,” he said.
Nograles also said the Magdalo party-list is “treading on a very thin line here, between what is legal and what is illegal.”
“Kumbaga shotgun approach. Sinusubukan nila ang lahat baka maka tsamba,” he said.
Alejano, in his complaint, said the President has committed culpable violation of the Constitution, betrayal of public trust, graft and corruption and “other high crimes.”
Nograles warned that Magdalo could take drastic measures if it doesn’t succeed in impeaching Duterte.
“Ang problema dito, pag hindi nila nakuha ang gusto nila through supposedly legal means and processes, what then will they resort to? Yan ba ang gusto natin para sa ating bansa?”
Meanwhile, Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II and Solicitor General Jose Calida said the impeachment complaint has no legal basis.
”The impeachment complaint has no factual and legal basis. The allegations in the complaint are not anchored on concrete or solid evidence that would support findings of any of the enumerated grounds for impeachment. Mere allegations without proof are not evidence,” Aguirre said.
At the same time, Aguirre said the administration is not alarmed by the complaint, adding that the President will continue doing what is good for the country and the Filipino people.
He said the complaint could be part of “efforts to destabilize the Duterte administration.” He did not elaborate, however.
For his part, Calida slammed Alejano and called him a “puppet” of Senator Antonio Trillanes IV, a staunch critic of the President.
He noted that Trillanes and Alejano were both part of the Oakwood mutiny and the Manila Peninsula siege in Makati City which failed to topple the administration of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.
”The mischiefs of the Magdalo outcasts, Senator Trillanes and his acolyte, Representative Alejano, are afoot again. Obviously, they have not learned their lessons in the Oakwood and Manila Pen foolish misadventures to topple the government of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, they want a reprise of their failed dreams by filing an impeachment petition against President Rodrigo Roa Duterte,” Calida said.
”They will not succeed. There are no valid grounds under our Constitution and laws to impeach President Duterte. I previously stated, impeachment won’t fly. My office, the Office of the Solicitor General, is ready and raring to crush their puerile and futile attempts to destabilize our country. Let’s unite and rally behind our duly elected President. Let’s defend the Republic and our President in any forum. This time, the gloves are off,” he added.
President Duterte holds majority support in the House of Representatives, where a vote of one third of all members is needed to transmit the complaint to the Senate for trial. (with a report from Christopher Lloyd T. Caliwan/PNA)