Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez today expressed confidence the impeachment complaint filed against President Rodrigo Duterte by the Magdalo party list, represented by Rep. Gary Alejano, will not prosper.
In a TV interview, Alvarez noted that not only the charges were fabricated and had no evidence to support them but also that the history of previous impeachment complaints against the President in the past do not augur well for the Magdalo complaint.
“Simply put, this is stupidity, period,” said Alvarez.
Despite this, Alvarez said the impeachment complaint will undergo the prescribed procedure in the House of Representatives.
Alvarez said the complaint might have a chance to comply with the requirements of proper form but he said the complaint will definitely fail on the requirement for sufficiency in substance to prosper.
“Huwag na po tayong makarating doon sa numbers, pag-usapan na lang po natin yung substance. I don’t think doon sa substance po ay papasa iyan. Malinaw na malinaw po yan, kasing linaw po ng sikat ng araw,” Alvarez said.
Among others, the complaint accuses Pres. Duterte of culpable violation of the Constitution, betrayal of public trust, graft and corruption, and of responsibility in the killings related to the government’s war on illegal drugs.
“As a lawyer, madaling magsulat ng culpable violation of the constitution but to prove it is another thing,” Alvarez said.
As to the other charges, Alvarez said they are simply baseless.
Even the fate of past impeachment complaints against previous presidents does not augur well for the Magdalo complaint against Pres. Duterte, according to Alvarez.
“Wala pong nangyayaring impeachment ever since sa Presidente, except yun nga, yung kay Erap (Estrada). Mahirap po gawin iyan, alam po natin yun,” Alvarez noted.
The Constitution provides that “a vote of at least one-third of all the Members of the House shall be necessary either to affirm a favorable resolution with the Articles of Impeachment of the Committee, or override its contrary resolution.”
In case the verified complaint or resolution of impeachment is filed by at least one-third of all the Members of the House, it would constitute the Articles of Impeachment, and trial by the Senate can proceed immediately.