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Duterte impeachment
« on: July 04, 2018, 01:46:56 AM »
Philippine Lawmaker Moves to Impeach Duterte

Gary Alejano, an opposition lawmaker, shows his files on Thursday on an impeachment complaint against President Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines.CreditRolex Dela

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By Felipe Villamor
March 16, 2017

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/16/world/asia/philippines-duterte-impeachment-.html

MANILA — A Philippine opposition lawmaker filed an impeachment complaint against President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday, accusing him of murder and crimes against humanity in connection with his bloody antidrug campaign, as well as corruption.

With Mr. Duterte’s allies overwhelmingly dominating the House of Representatives, there was little chance that the president would actually be impeached. But the move could eventually make it easier to bring charges against Mr. Duterte at the International Criminal Court, as at least one Philippine lawyer has pledged to do, by showing that domestic attempts to stop Mr. Duterte’s crackdown have failed, a human rights lawyer said.

“It is high time that President Duterte is punished for his sins against the country,” Gary Alejano, the opposition lawmaker who filed the complaint, said Thursday. “We are of the firm belief that he is unfit to hold the highest office of the land and that impeachment is the legal and constitutional remedy to this situation.”

Thousands of drug users and dealers have been killed by police officers or vigilantes since Mr. Duterte, who routinely threatens criminals with death and has boasted of killing them personally, took office in June. Human rights groups have said the president may have committed crimes against humanity by inciting such killings, many of which witnesses have described as being carried out in cold blood, despite police claims of self-defense.

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Re: Duterte impeachment
« Reply #1 on: July 04, 2018, 01:48:43 AM »
Duterte admission of killing criminals grounds for impeachment, say senators

https://www.dw.com/en/duterte-admission-of-killing-criminals-grounds-for-impeachment-say-senators/a-36773222

The president has opened himself up to impeachment with recent remarks about "personally" killing criminals while mayor, Philippine senators said. Duterte's government has tried to downplay his comments as "hyperbole."

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte could face impeachment after he spoke about looking for "criminals" to kill while he was mayor of Davao City, two senators said on Thursday.

"That is betrayal of public trust and that constitutes high crimes because mass murders certainly fall into the category of high crimes. And high crimes is a ground for impeachment under the constitution," said Senator Leila de Lima, a staunch Duterte critic, told CNN on Thursday.

Senator Richard Gordon, an independent who heads the senate justice committee, also said Duterte's comments opened him up to possible impeachment hearings.

"When he says that, he's opening himself up, so what's the legal way, then go ahead and impeach him," he told reporters, adding he was not surprised by Duterte's comments.

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Re: Duterte impeachment
« Reply #2 on: July 04, 2018, 01:49:51 AM »
Palace unfazed by plan to impeach Duterte
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56 days ago

http://www.sunstar.com.ph/article/1742164/Manila/Local-News/Palace-unfazed-by-plan-to-impeach-Duterte

MALACAÑANG on Tuesday, May 8, was unfazed by the plan of Magdalo party-list Representative Gary Alejano to file a new impeachment complaint against President Rodrigo Duterte.

Speaking to Palace reporters, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque Jr. said he was confident that the impeachment case that would be lodged against the President would not prosper, as he believed that Alejano would not get support from other members of the House of Representatives.

Roque's statement was in response to Alejano's pronouncement that he plans to file a fresh impeachment complaint against Duterte, citing the President's supposed inaction over issues concerning the disputed South China Sea.

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