SolGen backs Speaker Alvarez's impeachment bid vs VP Robredo

The Department of Foreign Affairs has reminded Vice President Leni Robredo that freedom of expression is a right that comes with the responsibility to ensure that facts are verified and unfounded allegations from questionable sources are avoided

The LP senators came to Robredo's defense after Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez last Friday threatened to file an impeachment complaint against her for betrayal of public trust for allegedly smearing the country's reputation before the global community.

"She betrayed the people by shaming the nation with her dishonest message to the UN", Lozano stressed, noting that the Vice President "doesn't present any iota of evidence for her claims" of the human rights violations she alleges.

But Calida described as a "treasonous act" Robredo's video message, which criticized President Duterte's war on drugs and claimed that over 7,000 fell prey to extrajudicial killings by policemen and vigilantes.

"I think we'll be the laughingstock if we have an impeachment complaint against the President and the Vice-President to begin with", Recto said.

Mr. Lozano said the complaint against Ms. Robredo are on the grounds of culpable violation of the Constitution and betrayal of public trust.

Referring to the impeachment complaint filed against him last week by Magdalo party's lawmaker Gary Alejano, the President said: "I will rise on what I promised, I will fall on it".

The Palace and Alvarez both claimed Robredo was behind the complaint as she would benefit the most from Duterte's ouster.

Meanwhile, Presidential Spokesperson Abella said the Vice President "gravely misunderstood" the police's the "palit-ulo" scheme.

Lozano also filed 5 impeachment complaints against former president and now Pampanga 2nd District Representative Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, and tried to seek the impeachment of former president Benigno Aquino III twice.

Alejano accused Duterte of betrayal of public trust.

Rappler, however, based the figure on official data from the Philippine National Police.

In the said video message, Ms. Robredo scored the administration's war on drugs and revealed the "palit ulo" modus or "exchange heads", wherein the wife or husband or relative of a person included in the drug list will be taken if the person targeted could not be found.

"... It is within her prerogative as an elective official and citizen of the country", the LP senators said in a joint statement.

"She reported to the United Nations that 7,000 were summarily executed".

"I've no agenda except fairness based on facts". Robredo's Liberal Party is in the minority.

"I will not be surprised if she is there".

Earlier, former delegate to the United Nations General Assembly Francis Acebedo Lopez also hit Robredo for "misrepresenting" millions of Filipinos in her video.

Pimentel said he agreed with LP senators that legislators should concentrate on their work in the Senate instead of engaging in "theoretical discussions" regarding the impeachment of Robredo.

"I fully understand and support the sentiment of Speaker Bebot Alvarez that VP Robredo should be rightfully condemned for slandering and selling out our country and its leaders before the UN Commission on Narcotics Drugs", Calida said in a statement Sunday.

Robredo's spokeswoman, Georgina Hernandez, in a television interview on Friday noted that Alvarez had admitted that he still needed to consult his legal team before filing an impeachment complaint.

She said the summary killings have long attracted worldwide attention.

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