Representative Ecel Lagman: 'Duterte’s tongue will impeach him'
President Rodrigo Duterte’s own tongue will have him impeached, not the “yellow” forces of President Benigno Aquino III, according to a remaining Liberal Party member in the House of Representatives.

Duterte on Monday accused Aquino and his followers of building an impeachment case against him.

“Let’s not fool ourselves. Do you know who’s behind this? It’s the yellows,” the President said, referring to the former ruling party’s signature color.

“They think that if they can build a case against me, I’ll be impeached,” he said. “My God! I tell you frankly, when I assumed office, in this quest of mine, I have prepared to lose my honor, my life and the presidency.”

In response to this, Albay Rep. Edcel Lagman said it is the president’s words that would get him impeached and not the LP.

“Far from being a target of an impeachment plot, it is the President who might be impeaching himself for his improvident and ill-conceived statements unmindful of adverse or compromising consequences,” said Lagman, one of five LP members in a House minority faction.

The other 33 members of the LP belong to the majority coalition forged by Duterte’s allies in the House which is the only place where impeachment proceedings may originate.

LP is the only party with members in the minority and majority in the 292-strong chamber.

However, LP members deny the accusations.

Former Speaker Feliciano Belmonte said that Duterte has a firm hold in the lower chamber, ensuring him that no impeachment proceeding against him would prosper.

“I don’t think so. First, he is overwhelmingly popular, which amounts to a public approval of his programs. Second, he has overwhelming majority in the House where impeachment starts,” he said.

Belmonte, who lost the Speakership to Duterte’s close friend Rep. Pantaleon Alvarez of Davao, said the president was hutting on the LP because it was the “party in power that he ousted”.

Other LP members have denied the accusations by Duterte.

Northern Samar Rep. Raul Daza said having LP members in both the majority and minority does not mean that they are plotting against the president.

“The fact that there are Liberals in the majority and minority only shows LP is a democratic party. We have the freedom and the right to disagree among ourselves,” he told a press briefing at the House.

Caloocan Rep. Edgar Erice said: “To my personal knowledge, the LP has not talked about impeachment. We should not talk about impeachment. That’s bad for the country, bad for the economy.”

Magdalo Rep. Gary Alejano said that the Duterte administration was suffering from mixed messages, talking about the message of Duterte to pull out American troops from Mindanao.

“There are unclear policy pronouncements. There are different versions. This creates confusion not only with the Filipino people, but also our allies. There are so many spokespersons and many different interpretations,” he said.

Lagman said Duterte should aspire for a “more collective leadership, where the President gets input from his Cabinet members before statements are made.”

“But the problems are statements are always optical. The President’s men would just come to his rescue by apologizing or making clarifications. I think there should be more consultation,” he added.

Vice President Leni Robredo said in a statement. “There are no moves from the Liberal Party to unseat the President,”

I plan to clarify this with the President to clear the misinformation and assure him of the party’s commitment to the reforms for our Filipino people,” she said.

“The leadership of the party has been consistently demonstrating its support to this administration,” she added. MJM

Source: Inquirer

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