Just only nine months in office, Philippine President Rodrigo Roa Duterte is currently facing impeachment over alleged abuse of power during his reign as mayor in southern city in the country.
According to the raps file in the lower chamber of the Philippines, Duterte committed an impeachable offense based on the country’s Constitution during his term as chief executive of Davao City.
The Manila leader accused as the leader of Davao Death Squad, an alleged vigilante group that kills people involved in illegal drugs and even those who are against his leadership.
The impeachment case was belittled by the President’s allies and described it as “stupidity” of the former’s political detractors, says House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez, well-known partymate of the President.
Magdalo Representative Gary Alejano, the petitioner of the case, admitted that his party and Senator Antonio Trillanes, another fiery critics of Duterte administration, met in order to craft the case against the leader.
The opposition lawmaker showed the first page of the complaint to reporters indicating a possible violation of the Constitution, engagement in bribery and “other high crimes” on the part of Duterte under Sections 2 and 3 of the 1987 Charter.
Meanwhile, Vice President Leni Robredo has issued a video message for the United Nations Narcotics Committee, wherein she disclosed the alleged “palit-ulo” (head exchange) scheme doings of the police elements amid the bloody anti-illegal drug campaign of the government.
In a column of a writer in local newspaper The Manila Times, Rigoberto Tiglao slammed Robredo over her action in voicing the invalid and wrong information to the world.
Tiglao wrote that “Robredo shames the nation by portraying the Philippines as a failed state like Somalia, Eritrea or Liberia where the rule of law has totally broken down, and where the streets are littered with the corpses of the innocent killed by the police. She shames herself as she makes allegations against her own government, based on patently false data.”
“We should all be outraged over Robredo’s message, and Congress must issue a resolution condemning her, and transmitting this to the UN body. Our ambassador to the UN must protest why the body allowed (if indeed it did, since as of press time I cannot confirm if her video message was played or not) at their meeting such an unfair and biased picture of the country’s campaign against drugs. Isn’t it protocol for such international bodies to play only official messages from countries’ official representatives?” Tiglao added.
Robredo said the scheme was used by the Philippine National Police in order to arrest the suspected drug offenders and addicts and eventually they will be killed, the video received opposing sides saying that the vice president was misinformed and misguided by her informants.
“People are told they do not have any right to demand search warrants as they are squatters… Residents are rounded up, women separated from men and those with tattoos have their belongings searched. People are told they don’t have any right to demand search warrants since they are squatters… Some have told us that when there’s a crime they normally go to the police. Now they don’t know where to turn. Our people feel both hopeless and helpless.” VP Robredo told UN Body via video presentation.
PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa also reacted to the alleged scheme and even challenged the vice president to surfaced her informants and give further details of her claims that the scheme still exist in the country or in the police operations.
Currently, Duterte owns the numbers in the lower congress and even the upper chamber, enjoying a super majority allies with at least 267 congressmen over the 292 total house members.