Sen­a­tor An­to­nio Tril­lanes IV said the pres­i­dent may have com­mit­ted two im­peach­able of­fenses

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Manila - Mala­cañang on Thurs­day, Septem­ber 13, chal­lenged Sen­a­tor An­to­nio Tril­lanes IV to file an im­peach­ment com­plaint against Pres­i­dent Ro­drigo Duterte.

The sen­a­tor, whose amnesty was de­clared void by Duterte, on Wed­nes­day, Septem­ber 12, said the Pres­i­dent might have com­mit­ted two im­peach­able of­fenses when he en­cour­aged the mil­i­tary to stage a mutiny and re­ceived an in­tel­li­gence in­for­ma­tion from a for­eign coun­try.

Pres­i­den­tial Spokesper­son Harry Roque Jr. played down Tril­lanes’s re­marks as a a mere “drama and po­lit­i­cal mileage.”

“Let him (Tril­lanes) file an­other im­peach­ment com­plaint. Wala na­man ding mangya­yari diyan kasi wala na­man din ta­la­gang saysay (It will not pros­per be­cause it’s base­less). It’s all about drama and po­lit­i­cal mileage,” the Palace of­fi­cial said.

In a tele­vised têtê-a-têtê with Chief Pres­i­den­tial Le­gal Coun­sel Sal­vador Panelo on Tues­day, Septem­ber 11, Duterte said he would soon di­vulge the ev­i­dence of the sup­posed con­nivance of the com­mu­nists, op­po­si­tion Lib­eral Party, and Mag­dalo group to un­seat him.

Duterte also dared those in the mil­i­tary who be­lieve in Tril­lanes to join the sen­a­tor and stage a mutiny.

Im­peach­able of­fenses cited in the 1987 Con­sti­tu­tion in­clude cul­pa­ble vi­o­la­tion of the Con­sti­tu­tion, trea­son, bribery, graft, cor­rup­tion, other high crimes, or be­trayal of pulic trust.

Tril­lanes’s ally, Mag­dalo Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Gary Ale­jano, filed last year an im­peach­ment com­plaint against Duterte, in con­nec­tion with the al­leged state-sanc­tioned killings in the gov­ern­ment’s bru­tal crack­down on il­le­gal drugs.

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