And the other Magdalo lawmaker makes his opinion heard.
Magdalo Rep. Gary Alejano during an interview with CNN Philippines stated that the impeachment case on Justice Maria Sereno, is but a part of the general plan to clamp down the personalities and institutions that are critical of the Duterte administration.
“These constitutions are under attack because the executive department with the legislative department wanted all of these institutions to kowtow (to) their political agenda," Alejano said. *
|President Rodrigo Duterte and Magdalo Rep. Gary Alejano (photo credit to owner)|
"Mawawala yung check and balance mo kapag itong mga ahensyang ito ay pinepressure mo," he added.
Just the other day, the House Justice Committee found "sufficient in form and substance" the impeachment case filed against Justice Sereno by lawyer Lorenzo Gadon.
Impeachment complaints have also been lodged against Vice President Leni Robredo ( though there is an instruction to his allies in the House of representative to “stop it” pertaining to the initiation of an impeachment complaint) , Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales, and Comelec Chairman Andres “Andy”Bautista ( but the issue comes up from the expose of his wife which pertains to his unexplained wealth) . Vice President Maria Leonor “Leni” Robredo is a chair of the opposition, the Liberal Party, while Bautista, Carpio-Morales, and Sereno were all appointed by former President Benigno Aquino III during his incumbency.
Malacañang has made several pronouncements that states : it does not interfere with the filing and hearing of impeachment cases.
"The executive branch respects the separation of powers, and being their co-equal, we recognize the exclusive power of the House of Representatives to initiate all cases of impeachment," Presidential Spokesman Ernesto Abella said on August 31, after 25 lawmakers endorsed the case filed against Chief Justice Maria Sereno.
Robredo, Carpio-Morales, and Sereno have voiced disagreements to some of President Rodrigo Duterte's policies and pronouncements, including his bloody war on drugs. *President Duterte was asked about the action of the House of Representatives reduction of budget of the Commission on Human Rights to P1,000. “had it coming” for being "pro-yellow" or allied to the Liberal Party, and for "opening his mouth in a most inappropriate way."
Alejano, states that the allies of the president in Congress wants Sereno ousted in the soonest.
"I think what they wanted is to maximize the opportunity to discuss the case at the House of Representatives in order to pressure, maybe, the chief justice, along the way to resign," Alejano told CNN Philippines' The Source.
Report from CNN Philippines