Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV scoffed on the method some presidential allies had dismissed the impeachment criticism filed by the Magdalo party-list group in opposition to President Rodrigo Duterte, warning that the present political setting may change in the following two months when Congress returns to deliberate on it.
He mentioned “intervening events” may very well be a “game-changer” in the destiny of the impeachment criticism, primarily the continued blunders of the Duterte administration.
Trillanes expressed the idea the President was panicking himself given the best way his allies had turn out to be “aggressive and vicious” in placing down the impeachment criticism in opposition to the Chief Executive.
“If the President is cool about it, why are his people panicking … they’re trying to project they are still in control and confident but on the contrary, that is not what is coming out,” Trillanes mentioned in a cellphone interview on Sunday.
The Palace and the President’s congressional allies have solid doubt on the potential of the Magdalo group to collect assist for its impeachment criticism in the House of Representatives given the massive assist for Mr. Duterte there.
Magdalo Rep. Gary Alejano filed the criticism in opposition to Mr. Duterte for betrayal of public belief in his struggle on medicine and his alleged hidden wealth.
In a radio interview on Sunday, Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III mentioned that he believed the impeachment criticism was for publicity functions and that it had succeeded there.
Pimentel mentioned he had doubts Alejano’s Magdalo group would be capable of get the required one-third vote in the 292-member House given the recognition of the President. A one-third vote would mechanically ship the criticism to the Senate for trial.
“So what they got was publicity. In my belief, that was their target and they succeeded because this was given publicity,” he mentioned.
But Trillanes mentioned the scenario now “may be much more different in May” when Congress returns from its virtually two-month recess.
He mentioned the continued blunders of each the President and his allies “now done on a frequent basis” may assist impeachment criticism achieve assist.
This included the fixed “flip-flopping” in the coverage of the federal government, based on the senator, who cited as instance Mr. Duterte’s assertion that he would “flatten the mountains” in seek for the communist rebels who had killed policemen lately however after a couple of days, a Palace announcement was made that peace talks with communist rebels would resume.
He mentioned the President and his officers had conflicting statements on Chinese ships plying Benham Rise, with Mr. Duterte saying that he had allowed China to go there whereas his international and protection officers claimed they had been unaware of the presidential order.
On the second intervening occasion, Trillanes mentioned this might “supplement” the impeachment criticism. But he didn’t elaborate.
“Things will come to a head,” he mentioned, including that this was caused by the “headless chicken governance” of the Duterte administration.