House to tackle PNoy impeachment next week

Posted at 08/20/14 4:37 PM

MANILA - The House Justice Committee will vote on whether the 4 impeachment complaints against President Benigno Aquino III are sufficient in form by next week -- the first step in the impeachment process.

House Justice Committee chairperson Niel Tupas Jr. of the Liberal Party (LP) said each complaint will be subjected to a vote on the sufficiency of form. The complaints have not been consolidated.

The complaints center on the unconstitutional Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP), the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA) with the United States, and the alleged pork insertions in the budget.

For its part, the House minority has no stand yet on the impeachment. Seven members of the bloc, however, have endorsed the impeachment complaints.

Bayan Muna Rep. Neri Colmenares said the impeachment is an opportunity for the executive to confront the issues raised against them. Colmenares is an endorser of the complaint filed by Bayan.

1BAP Party-list Rep. Silvestre Bello said they will make a stand as soon as they have a chance to study the complaints.