The complaint is frivolous, says committee head, who is also member of Duterte’s party
MANILA as mayor of Davao.
The congressional justice committee dismissed the complaint in its first day of hearings on the issue, overwhelmingly voting that it was “insufficient in substance”.
“The complaint was frivolous. How can you proceed if the complaint has no basis,” committee chairman Reynaldo Umali, who is a member of Duterte’s party, said.
The committee vote effectively ends the impeachment case, which even Duterte’s opponents conceded had little chance of prospering with the president enjoying a commanding majority in the lower house of congress. A plenary of the lower house still needs to endorse the committee’s decision, although political observers and lawmakers said there was zero chance of yesterday’s vote being overturned.
“We have nowhere to go, but we will find a way to get justice,” opposition lawmaker Gary Alejano, who filed the impeachment case, said. Duterte, 72, won presidential