Senate President Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III on Sunday (Mar.19) stated the quantity of votes solid on so-called Palace’ pet measure, the death penalty invoice is already indicative of the sturdy help to President Duterte.

As such, the chance of the impeachment criticism lately filed in opposition to Duterte mustering not less than one-third of the all of the members of the House of Representatives is a distant risk, he stated.

“Hindi siguro nila makukuha sa tingin ko yung (estimated) 100 congressmen. Ang prediction ko hindi nila makukuha yun,” he stated in a radio interview.

At least 217 congressmen voted for the passage of the invoice returning death penalty within the nation whereas 54 voted in opposition to it.

“Kahit na tingnan mo yung number ng ‘no’ (votes), meron pa rin supportive sa President and even to House Speaker (Pantaleon Alvarez). May mga nag vote ‘no’ because ang paninindigan nila sa issue ay ‘no’ talaga,” he stated.

Last week, Magdalo party-list Rep. Gary Alejano filed an impeachment case in opposition to Duterte.

Pimentel likewise expressed doubts whether or not the proponents of the transfer may lure one-third of their colleagues within the decrease home to help the impeachment criticism in a matter of two months– through the one month congressional break and the remaining 4 weeks of their common session to have it affirmed and transmitted to the Senate for a full trial.