MANILA — The House Committee on Justice has vowed to put to a vote next week the three impeachment complaints filed against President Aquino to determine if these are sufficient in form.
Iloilo Rep. Niel Tupas, panel chairman, assured that the hearing on the three complaints would be immediately set next week if the House plenary refers these this week.
“If the complaints are referred to the Committee on Justice within the week, we will set the hearing next week. The committee will vote on the sufficiency in form of the three complaints next week, then after, the crucial vote will be on the sufficiency in substance,” he said.
Tupas said he expects the House plenary to refer the complaints as earlier disclosed by House Majority Leader and Mandaluyong City Rep. Neptali “Boyet” Gonzales II, chairman of the House Committee on Rules.
Gonzales said Speaker Feliciano “Sonny” Belmonte Jr. fulfilled his ministerial duty of transmitting the three ouster complaints to his panel for its inclusion in the agenda of the plenary discussion.
He said the plenary is leaving it up to the House Committee on Justice to consolidate the three complaints, two of which are in connection with the Aquino administration’s implementation of the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP).
Tupas assured that his panel would fairly and squarely handle the impeachment complaints filed by militant groups and endorsed by progressive lawmakers. “As chairman of the House Committee on Justice, I can assure the public that I will be fair and objective, and we will follow the process,” he said.
The Visayan bloc congressmen, led by Negros Occidental Rep. Albee Benitez, had earlier passed a resolution expressing their full support for the President and rejecting the ouster complaints filed against him.
“We believe in the programs of President Aquino that gave life to his vision of engaging the national government in sound fiscal management which empowered our government agencies and instrumentalities to implement key projects and to deliver urgently needed aid to our citizens,” Benitez said. (Charissa Luci, MB)