The House of Representatives released a press statement on Friday saying that Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez tagged Vice President Leni Robredo for direct involvement in the filing of the impeachment complaint against President Duterte.
Magdalo party-list Rep. Gary Alejano on Thursday filed the impeachment complaint against the President at the House of Representatives.
The press statement quoted Alvarez saying “Definitely yes” in a television interview when asked on the possible involvement of the Vice President into the complaint.
It is the Vice President who will directly benefit if the impeachment complaint would succeed, Alvarez added.
He also took note that the filing of the impeachment complaint came on the heels of a video message Robredo sent to the United Nations Commission on Narcotic Drugs.
In said video message, Robredo criticized the conduct of the administration’s war against illegal drugs.
The impeachment complaint filed by Alejano was anchored on five grounds, to include violation of the constitution, bribery, betrayal of public trust, graft and corruption, and other high crimes.
The Magdalo solon said the high crimes allegedly committed by President Duterte involved the killing of over 8,000 drug offenders and the reported 1,400 killings by the Davao Death Squad when the President was still the mayor of Davao City.
Alvarez also pointed out that Robredo is likely worried that a recount of the ballots cast for Vice President in the last elections would reveal she is not the real winner.
The Presidential Electoral Tribunal recently decided to proceed with the hearing of the election protest lodged by former Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. against Robredo.
Alvarez also believed that Robredo is involved in the attempts to destabilize the administration of President Duterte.
He added he is studying the possibility of filing an impeachment complaint against the Vice President on the ground of betrayal of public trust.
Robredo’s act of sending a video message to the UNCND where she criticized the administration’s drive against illegal drugs may create a negative perception of the country before the international community, Alvarez said.
He added that it could also lead to dire economic consequences.