He’s been described as a serial filer of impeachment complaints towards sitting Presidents, however this time round, a congressman beat lawyer Oliver Lozano to the draw.
Lozano, who had tried to question President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo 5 occasions and President Benigno Aquino III twice, filed on Friday a criticism towards Magdalo Rep. Gary Alejano for “gross unfairness and baseless allegations” within the latter’s impeachment case towards President Rodrigo Duterte.
In a two-page criticism filed with the Office of the Ombudsman, the previous lawyer of the late strongman President Ferdinand Marcos, questioned the motives of the Magdalo lawmaker in making an attempt to question Mr. Duterte over his alleged position within the extrajudicial killings of eight,000 drug suspects and for amassing P2.2 billion in unexplained wealth, amongst different crimes.
Lozano’s criticism, which referred to President Duterte as Du30, mentioned Alejano didn’t have private information of the allegations specified by his impeachment criticism.
Part of a conspiracy
The former Marcos lawyer claimed that the transfer to question the President was a part of a conspiracy backed by the US Central Intelligence Agency and the European Union, in addition to Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch, two worldwide human rights organizations vital of the extrajudicial killings linked to Mr. Duterte’s bloody conflict towards unlawful medication.
Lozano additionally accused the “Yellow Gang” of being behind a plot in hopes of elevating Vice President Leni Robredo to the presidency.
Counter People Power
“Therefore, I believe that the complaint for impeachment is part of sustained propaganda to eliminate DU30 and elevate Leni in order to usher the return of the yellow gand [sic]: plunderers, druglords [sic], gambling lords, smugglers, oligarchs, landgrabbers [sic], the vindictive, corrupt and incompetent [sic],” the criticism learn.
In his criticism, Lozano warned of a “violent confrontation and bloody revolutionary situation” arising because of the political disaster.
“I believe that the enlightened Anti-Yellow Gang will rise in defense of the President in ame [sic] spirit that the recent Yellow People Power to oust the President was aborted by Counter People Power,” he mentioned in his criticism.
Lozano added: “Premises considered, the incendiary plot to impeach the President should be nipped in the bid [sic] in the interest of public welfare by the representatives of the people with overwhelming support of the enlightened citizenry.”
Known for his repeated and unsuccessful makes an attempt to question former Presidents Arroyo and Aquino III, Lozano filed an impeachment criticism towards President Arroyo in 2000, for overtly calling for the resignation of then President and now Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada, and once more in 2005, for her alleged wiretapped conversations with former Election Commissioner Virgilio Garcillano in 2004.
His criticism was, nonetheless, dismissed after the minority bloc did not get the required variety of votes to question Arroyo and transmit the case to the Senate for trial.
The opposition at the moment alleged that Lozano was a “Malacañang dog” turned free to file an “insufficient” impeachment criticism that may preempt the same criticism that members of the minority bloc on the House of Representatives have been then planning to file.
Though the Constitution doesn’t bar the submitting of a number of impeachment complaints towards an official, it restricts impeachment proceedings towards the identical official to solely yearly.
Lozano filed extra impeachment complaints towards Arroyo in January and June 2006 and in 2008, all of which have been dismissed.
During Mr. Aquino’s time period, Lozano first filed an impeachment criticism in 2011 for the latter’s refusal to permit a burial with navy honors for Marcos, whose stays have been stealthily buried by his household at Libingan ng mga Bayani in November final 12 months.
In 2014, Lozano once more filed a criticism towards President Aquino in reference to what the Supreme Court had described as unconstitutional practices within the authorities’s Disbursement Acceleration Program. Representatives of the House threw out his criticism, which they mentioned was weak and lacked substance.
The one time Lozano filed a profitable impeachment bid was when he turned one of many particular person petitioners within the impeachment proceedings towards then Supreme Court Chief Justice Renato Corona in 2012. —With a report by Marielle Median/Inquirer Research