Magdalo party-list Rep. Gary Alejano might not have been grilled on whether or not he has private information of the allegations he made in opposition to President Rodrigo Duterte within the impeachment grievance he filed if he merely endorsed it, Majority Floor Leader Rodolfo Fariñas mentioned Wednesday (May 17).
In a press convention, Fariñas mentioned the Constitution clearly states that an impeachment grievance filed in opposition to the President or one other impeachable official must be verified.
By verified, the House chief mentioned the complainant ought to have learn the pleading and his allegations should be primarily based on private information or genuine data.
Fariñas, nonetheless, mentioned Alejano confirmed he had no private information of the impeachable offenses he accused Duterte of committing when he admitted throughout the House justice committee’s listening to on the case that he solely primarily based his grievance on the testimonies of self-confessed hitmen Edgar Matobato and Arturo Lascañas, information studies, in addition to the allegation of Senator Antonio Trillanes IV.
“Eh hindi puwede po iyon kasi their biggest mistake – and they should have advised him instead of now saying na, hindi puwede…,” he mentioned.
The House justice committee on Monday (May 15) unanimously voted to declare Alejano’s impeachment grievance in opposition to Duterte inadequate in substance.
Fariñas mentioned the House needed to be strict in making use of the Rules of Court in assessing Alejano’s impeachment grievance because the proceedings concerned the President.
“Anyone who wants to avail of the impeachment as a remedy should comply with the rules. So, dapat si Representative Alejano kung ayon sa kanya at nabasa naman natin at let the document speak for itself sabi nga ng mga abogado,” he mentioned.
“First, I’m looking up sinasabi niya according to Matobato, according to Lascañas, si Matobato o si Lascañas sana or as filed by records of Senator Trillanes. Sila Senator Trillanes sana ang complainant and then pwede niyang i-endorse,” Fariñas added.
The House chief mentioned solely the complainant would have been questioned on his private information of the allegations in opposition to Duterte if Alejano merely acted because the endorser.
“So, we have to be very strict about it otherwise moro-moro na lang yan. Hihilingin mo, kung hindi mo rin makukuha yung conviction ba’t mo pa dadalhin. This is waste of time, waste of everybody’s time,” he mentioned.