Impeachment papers: Philippine President Duterte 'unfit'

Impeachment papers: Philippine President Duterte 'unfit'

Bishop flew to the Philippines to meet with Duterte, Philippine Foreign Secretary Enrique Manalo, and other leaders in the country.

Although opposition lawmakers lack the numbers to impeach Duterte, Alejano said there was a need to stop his "excesses and crimes".

Duterte has encouraged law enforcement and civilians to shoot drug suspects if they fight back, and has publicly threatened the lives of drug lords.

The document alleges that another 1,400 people were killed by "death squads" during Duterte's time as mayor of Davao.

The complaint also claims the president fabricated a payroll with thousands of fictitious employees to collect their salaries and that the Duterte family is hiding a secret, unexplained fortune of 2.2 billion pesos (US$ 43.86 million). Several human rights groups have said he's committed crimes against humanity.

Abella said the message of Robredo to the United Nations Commission on Narcotic Drugs criticizing the administration's war on drugs and the filing of an impeachment case against Duterte "seems too neat to be written off as mere coincidence".

Duterte will also hold talks with Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha and address the 16,000 odd Filipino people living in the country.

But despite worldwide criticism, it is unlikely that impeachment proceedings will succeed within the Philippines itself.

Rep. Gary Alejano of the opposition Magdalo Party-List lodged the complaint against Duterte in the House of Representatives, a day after it went on a three-week break.

Duterte has been fast consolidating power in the bicameral Congress and Alejano accepted his impeachment bid may not get much traction.

During the event, Mr. Wang reiterated China's commitment to follow through on the agreements made by Mr. Duterte and Chinese President Xi Jinping during his trip to China a year ago, Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto C. Abella said in a statement about the closed-in meeting, which was attended by top officials of Manila and Beijing.

"It looks like they're scraping the bottom of the barrel".

"And we're seeing the consequences of that around the world, whether it's Brexit, the USA presidential election, or even here in the Philippines".

Former president Gloria Macapagal Arroyo survived five such motions. A two-thirds majority in the 24 member Senate is needed to remove a president from office.

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