Tiangco won’t apologize over ‘impeach me’ remark-A A +A
Monday, October 7, 2013
NAVOTAS Representative Tobias Tiangco refused to apologize over his supposed "malicious" remark that Malacanang itself might be behind the impeachment complaint filed against President Benigno Aquino III.
Tiangco, the secretary general of the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA), was referring to the impeachment complaint filed by lawyer Oliver Lozano last week for allegedly using government funds as part of the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) to bribe senators and congressmen to impeach then Chief Justice Renato Corona.
"My statements are my personal views on the current issues, and I have nothing to apologize for. Besides, how can my remark be malicious when it was a banner story of a daily broadsheet on Oct. 3 in big bold letters, quoting President Aquino: 'Go ahead, impeach me'?" Tiangco said.
A newspaper report earlier quoted Tiangco saying that the impeachment complaint is a "script of Aquino's allies in Congress or by Malacanang."
Cavite Representative Elpidio Barzaga Jr. said Tiangco insinuated that President Aquino himself could be behind the impeachment complaint so he could continue giving pork barrel funds to his congressional allies, or his allies initiated the complaint so they could ask for more funds.
Barzaga said Tiangco should apologize to President Aquino and members of the House of Representatives for making such remark.
Under the Constitution, the House of Representatives has the sole power to initiate all impeachment cases. At least a third of the chamber's membership is needed to forward the case to the Senate for trial.
Tiangco said that allies of the ruling Liberal Party (LP) are very much aware of the dynamics of an impeachment having been involved in more than five impeachment complaints in Congress since 2000.
"My only question to my esteemed colleague who was a member of the 14th Congress while GMA was President is this: 'Why was GMA not impeached, was it because she was loved by the people? I'm sure my friend Cong. Ben Evardone also knows why... LP supported GMA in 2004--they know how GMA remained to be President. They only left GMA because of political opportunism," Tiangco said referring to Eastern Samar Representative Ben Evardone.
Evardone was a stalwart of Lakas-Kampi, the political party of former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, before he jumped to the LP in the 2010 elections. (Sunnex)