DUTERTE’S IM­PEACH­MENT

The com­plaint is friv­o­lous, says com­mit­tee head, who is also mem­ber of Duterte’s party

New Straits Times - - World -

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

Rodrigo Duterte

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