‘Orphan’ impeach raps

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Tuesday, July 8, 2014


TWO impeachment complaints have been filed against President Noynoy Aquino after the Supreme Court declared his Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) unconstitutional.

The first was filed by lawyer Oliver Lozano, and the other, by former Iloilo Rep. Augusto “Boboy” Syjuco Jr.

Both impeachment complaints were not signed by a member of the House of Representatives. That’s why they’re called orphan impeachment complaints.

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How would the House treat these orphans?

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Syjuco is accusing PNoy of bribery, betrayal of public trust and culpable violation of the Constitution.

He said, “After the senators received DAP funds as a reward for the successful conviction and impeachment of Chief Justice Corona, President Aquino is likewise equally guilty of the crime of bribery together with the senators who received the DAP funds.”

But didn’t he know the DAP actually works?

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Kabataan Rep. Terry Ridon has declined Lozano’s request for his party-list group to endorse his complaint because his imppeachment papers were “insufficient” and “weak.”

Ridon said his group is also preparing their own impeachment complaint against PNoy.

Lozano, who had filed similar impeachment complaints in the past, said his complaint was based on the High Court ruling.

The fault, dear Lozano, is not in the stars, but in your papers, that they are insufficient and weak.

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The votes of about 96 of the 290 House members are required to impeach a president, and the votes of two thirds of the 24 senators are needed to remove him from office.

The questions is simply who controls Congress now. Even members of the opposition United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) said they would abstain from voting in the impeachment case solely out of delicadeza.

There you go.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on July 09, 2014.

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