Malacañang on Monday (May 15) distanced itself from the digital demise of the impeachment criticism in opposition to President Rodrigo Duterte within the House of Representatives.

In an announcement, presidential spokesperson Ernesto Abella stated the impeachment criticism filed by Magdalo party-list Rep. Gary Alejano “was from rehashed, trumped up charges aimed at undermining the duly constituted government.”

“The President respects a co-equal branch of government and does not interfere in the political exercise. Neither is he beholden to any group and he remains focused on governance,” Abella stated.

The Palace official stated Duterte’s major concern is the welfare of Filipinos, particularly now that he’s in China to attend the One Belt, One Road discussion board.

Earlier within the day, the House justicce panel unanimously voted to declare the impeachment criticism filed by Alejano as inadequate in substance over his failure to show he has private data of the allegations he made in opposition to Duterte.

The party-list lawmaker, an ally of Senator Antonio Trillanes IV, had accused Duterte of of involvement within the killings of over eight,000 drug suspects and petty criminals from the time he was mayor of Davao City.

The lawmaker subsequently filed a supplemental criticism alleging that the President failed to behave within the nation’s curiosity by supposedly coming into right into a lopsided take care of China to discover Benham Rise.

The declaration of the impeachment criticism in opposition to Duterte as inadequate in substance means these planning to unseat him by means of authorized means must wait till subsequent 12 months to file one other case.