"extra-judicial" filing of impeachment complaint vs VP Leni Robredo
Ifugao Representative Teddy Brawner Baguilat has criticized what he
called the extra-judicial filing of another impeachment complaint versus
Vice President Leni Robredo, calling it political adventurism by a group of
critics who are wanting in credibility yet are determined to forcibly remove
Robredo from office despite her clear mandate from the Filipino people.
A group of critics on Tuesday filed an impeachment complaint against Robredo,
which also used the name of PBA Partylist Rep. Jericho Nograles without his
knowledge or consent.
"I'm calling this an extra-judicial filing because, much like EJKs, it
disregards procedure, is baseless and abuses whatever discretion is granted
to the perpetrators," Baguilat explained.
"Without a willing endorser, it appears that the impeachment complaint
against the vice president is now being peddled among members of the House
like some cheap product, in the hope that someone, anyone, would allow
themselves to be used for a publicity stunt. I urge my colleagues to not put
their name to something that is patently baseless," said Baguilat, who
represents the independent minority bloc in the Lower House.
"I would also like to caution the group behind the impeachment complaint
against using any member of Congress to further their cause," added Baguilat,
who, like Robredo, is a member of the Liberal Party.
As an LP member, Baguilat stressed that he remained solidly behind the vice
president and will block any attempts to forcibly remove her from office. "I
am firm in my belief that she is doing her job to serve the Filipino people,
this despite the concerted efforts to prevent her from doing all that she
can for the nation," said Baguilat.
Baguilat also scored the group of patently pro-Duterte individuals for not
even taking the time to file their case properly and according to the rules
and regulations of the House of Representatives.
"For me, it is quite obvious that they are driven by no other motivation
than to shame Vice President Robredo by any means, never mind if it violates
due process or even common sense," said Baguilat.
He commended Rep. Nograles for censuring the group for brazenly including
his name in the complaint and for having the foresight to say that as a
member of the Justice Committee, he cannot sign the impeachment complaint
lest he become a biased adjudicator.
"I appeal to the sense of fairness, objectivity and public duty of my other
colleagues in the House, to see this strained impeachment complaint for what
it truly is: an insidious campaign against the Vice President and,
ultimately, a half-baked attempt to destabilize our country's leadership,
especially considering the President's command to put a stop to these
complaints," Baguilat said.