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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
RUTH ABBEY GITA
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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Re: Duterte impeachment
« Reply #3 on: June 30, 2019, 01:31:46 AM »
Boat captain's wife OK with Duterte impeachment
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Posted at Jun 28 2019 10:10 AM

https://news.abs-cbn.com/news/06/28/19/boat-captains-wife-ok-with-duterte-impeachment

MANILA - The wife of GEMVER-1 captain Junel Insigne is backing the possible impeachment of President Rodrigo Duterte after the latter said he will not stop Chinese poachers from fishing in the Philippines' exclusive economic zone.

In an interview, Lanie Insigne said she was irked to hear the President's statement defending Chinese poachers who intrude into Philippine waters.

"Parang wala nang karapatan ang Pilipinas doon. Parang Chinese na lang ang sinusundan niya. Naiinis ako kanina, nanonood ako ng TV. Sabi ko, maigi pa ngang ma-impeach 'yan," she said.

Last June 9, Junel Insigne and his crew were left out at sea after their boat was hit by a Chinese vessel while berthed in the waters off Recto Bank (Reed Bank). Recto Bank is within the Philippines’ 200-nautical mile Exclusive Economic Zone, which guarantees the country’s exclusive rights to the natural resources in the area.

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Re: Duterte impeachment
« Reply #4 on: July 16, 2019, 10:58:07 AM »
PRRD didn't commit impeachable offense over Chinese in PH waters
By Azer Parrocha  June 27, 2019, 7:26 pm

https://www.pna.gov.ph/articles/1073490

MANILA -- Malacañang believes that President Rodrigo Duterte did not commit an impeachable offense because he never allowed Chinese to fish within Philippines’ Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) in the first place.

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo insisted that it was “speculative” to assume that the Chinese vessel which allegedly rammed and abandoned a Filipino fishing boat in the Recto Bank (Reed Bank) was indeed fishing in the area when it could have merely been passing through.

“Under the Constitution, merong (there are) provisions on impeachment. Kung naniniwala sila na may ginawa siyang impeachable ground, e di mag-file (if they believe that he did something impeachable ground, then, they should file a case),” Panelo said in a Palace briefing on Thursday.

“But you cannot stop the President from doing measures, steps that to his mind is the correct way to obey the Constitutional command to him to protect and to serve the Filipino people,” he added.

Critics including former Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario earlier warned that allowing Chinese to fish in territorial waters violates the 1987 Constitution.

Del Rosario said Duterte's failure to defend the country's territory, including the EEZ, violates the Constitution and is a basis for impeachment.

Following calls of Filipino fishermen for the President to ban Chinese from fishing within Philippine waters, Panelo said Duterte saw no need to prevent them from doing so.

Panelo clarified that Duterte trusts China would not allow their nationals to fish within the country’s 200-nautical mile EEZ since the two countries consider each other as “friends.”

“It is not necessary to prevent them from fishing because they will not do that. In other words, why should I prevent somebody to do something he is not going to do that?” Panelo said.

On Monday, Duterte himself was quoted saying: “I don’t think that China would do that (fish within Philippine EEZ). Why? Because we’re friends.”

Constitutional

Panelo defended Duterte following concerns that entering into a mutual agreement with Chinese President Xi Jinping on fishing rights without the concurrence of Congress is unconstitutional.

“Ano ba ang unconstitutional doon sa napag-usapan nila na wag magkagulo doon sa isang lugar. Kasi tandaan ninyo (What’s unconstitutional about agreeing to prevent conflict in the area. Because remember) this is a disputed territory,” Panelo said.

Duterte earlier admitted the Philippines could not stop China from fishing within the Philippine EEZ because of their previous agreement to allow both Chinese and Filipinos to fish in the area.

“Kasi nagtanong sila (Because they asked), ‘Will you allow the Chinese to fish? Sabi ko (I said) ‘Of course, ‘yan ang pinag-usapan namin noon (that was what we agreed upon),” Duterte said.

Citing the President, Panelo explained that sovereignty in the 1987 Constitution is “not absolute” and allowed certain actions that effectively diminish the sovereignty of this country.

“We allow it, because kailangan din natin iyon (because we need it), and for that matter lahat ng bansa ganyan (all countries are that way),” Panelo said.

“The logic there is we are in a world, we are not in an island ng tayo-tayo lang (with just ourselves). We have to deal with nations of the world,” he added.

Panelo, however, said Duterte was merely goading the United States, Great Britain, and France when he asked them to help the Philippines claim its territories.

“Sa akin, ang tingin ko doon nangangantiyaw siya (For me, I think he was only teasing them),” Panelo said.

Duterte posed this challenge to the three Western countries amid criticism that he has failed to confront China over its aggression in the contested waters.

“Ito ang hamon ko, ang hamon ko sa America, Britain, France, mag-assemble tayo dito sa Palawan tapos diretso na tayo doon sa Spratly. Agawin na natin kung maagaw natin (This is my challenge, my challenge to America, Great Britain, France is that we assemble in Palawan and go straight to Spratly. Let’s claim it if we can),” Duterte said in his speech during the 122nd founding anniversary of the Presidential Security Group (PSG) at Malacañang Park on Wednesday (June 26) night.

Panelo, however, said Philippine government will prosecute the Chinese crew if proven that they were fishing within Philippine waters.

“Then we will enforce the law. If it’s unlawful for them to enter, then we will enforce the law,” Panelo said.

“Basta violation ng batas (As long as it is a violation of the law), under our jurisdiction, we will prosecute,” the Presidential Chief Legal Counsel added. (PNA)