Tiangco says LP backing new impeach move

Posted at 01/16/2014 12:27 PM | Updated as of 01/16/2014 12:27 PM

LP passed around ‘impeach’ reso vs justices - Tiangco

MANILA - United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) secretary general Toby Tiangco on Thursday accused the Liberal Party of backing a move to impeach magistrates of the Supreme Court.

In a statement, Tiangco said LP allies passed around an impeachment document at the House of Representatives in order to pressure the SC justices into ruling in favor of the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP).

“Last month, LP allies in Congress started passing around an ‘impeachment’ document in the guise of a resolution. They have already gathered a significant number of signatures which they can easily convert as an impeachment complaint against the SC justices,” he alleged.

He said this can be justified by the fact that Rep. Rey Umali has been persistent on his call against the high court magistrates. He alleged this is linked to the administration’s agenda of splitting the members of the high court over the DAP.

He also highlighted remarks made by Umali and Rep. Miro Quimbo that they are “certain” that the SC will declare the DAP constitutional.

“The confidence [of LP members’ statement] is likely grounded on something solid. I can only suspect that they have something up their sleeves that’s why they are now conditioning the public’s mind that the DAP will be declared constitutional by the SC because the law allows the President to freely transfer savings to projects which are not sufficiently funded.”

He said their optimism is only confirming rumors that “the administration has finally succeeded in their plan to pressure some justices to rule in favor of DAP.”

"The Palace and the LP are essentially disarming the SC and making them impotent. Let’s not forget that the goal is to protect the DAP at all costs, and ultimately control all branches of government which practically puts us in an undeclared dictatorship,” Tiangco said.

He said UNA has the highest respect for the SC as an independent institution.

“We believe that they will not be coerced by blackmail from the Liberal Party or be pressured by the Palace into ruling DAP as constitutional.”