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Impeachment complaint filed against PNoy

QUEZON CITY – Now, it is the turn of President Benigno S. Aquino III to face attempts to oust him through an impeachment complaint.
This as a second impeachment complaint has been filed against the President by former Iloilo congressman Augusto Syjuco Jr. for bribery and violation of the constitution in relation to the multi-billion peso Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) which has been ruled as unconstitutional and illegal by the Supreme Court.
Lawyer Oliver Lozano, who was known for filing impeachment complaints against then President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, was the first to file an impeachment complaint against Mr. Aquino.
Lozano coursed his complaint thru Kabataan party list Rep. Terry Ridon who, however, instead would endorse a third complaint to be filed by youth organizations led by Kabataan partylist and Youth Act Now. Any impeachment complaint requires an endorsement by any congressman for the House of Representatives to act on it during its session.
Malacanang and allies of the President downplayed the filing of the complaint against Mr. Aquino despite an announcement by Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. that he will allow the complaint to take its course.
Earlier, Vice President Jejomar Binay said he would not support any move to impeach President Aquino. Binay's stand was echoed by the opposition United Nationalist Alliance (UNA).
UNA spokesman and Navotas Rep. Toby Tiangco said if Aquino were impeached, Binay would be the main beneficiary.
 
Tiangco added, however, that UNA would ot block any impeachment complaint either.
 
“We will treat it like any other complaint,” stressed Belmonte.
 
 Belmonte, however, maintained that the President will not be impeached on the basis of the DAP because “the President acted in good faith.”
 
Presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda dismissed the complaint against the President, pointing out that Syjuco was known for filing cases against the administration. "It's beyond us to comment," he said. "What they do is their business, we will not comment."
The votes of at least 96 of the 290 members of the House of Representatives are required to impeach a president, and the votes of two-thirds of the 24 senators, after a triallll by the Senate acting as Impeachment Tribunal, are needed to remove him from office.
 
 
House Deputy Speaker and Isabela Rep. Giorgidi Aggabao and Cavite Rep. Elpidio Barzaga, Jr., both laywers, belittled any impeachment effort against the President, saying the complaints have no leg to stand on.
 
Aggabao and Barzaga said that the President had not committed any impeachable act with regards to the DAP and that the country had, in fact, benefitted from its implementation.
Meanwhile, the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines urged those in power “to make a moral decision” over the Disbursement Acceleration Program, after the group called on the government “to let go of the corrupt in its own ranks.”
 
CBCP president Archbishop Socrates Villegas made the disclosure in response to questions on whether the CBCP would support calls to impeach President  Aquino over the DAP.
 
“Will the impeachment of President Benigno Aquino III promote the common good? If so, then it is up to those in power to “make a moral decision,” Villegas said.
 
Earlier, the CBCP called for accountability over the DAP, adding that any investigation on the matter “cannot and must not be selective.”

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