Impeachment complaint against Duterte an exercise in futility

 

Magdalo Rep. Gary Alejano showing his file of impeachment charges against Pres. Duterte.

The writing on the wall clearly points to Sen. Antonio Trillanes as the master mind in Magdalo Rep. Gary Alejano’s impeachment complaint filed against Presdent Rodrigo Duterte.

Not only have the duo been together in the infamous Oakwood mutiny in 2003 that was intended to topple down the Arroyo presidency, but the three main charges in the complaint just sounds too familiar that it is simply irrational not to mention Trillanes as the one behind it.

The fact alone that the House has the exclusive power to initiate the impeachment process only shows that Trillanes has used a loyal yes-person in Alejano to file the following charges against Duterte accusing him of:

  • betrayal of public trust, culpable violation of the Constitution, and other high crimes for his war on drugs which, according to the complaint, the President has used to “induce” policemen into killing alleged drug dealers and users without regard for the law, and making this as basis for their promotion in the police.
  • betrayal of public trust, bribery, graft and corruption, and culpable violation of the Constitution for allegedly creating the Davao Death Squad (DDS) when he was mayor of Davao, citing the testimonies of self-confessed DDS members retired policeman Arturo Lascañas and Edgar Matobato.
  • of graft and corruption and other high crimes for his alleged unexplained wealth and his hiring of contractual employees as mayor. Among the annexes in the complaint are the alleged bank accounts of Duterte and his family.

If these Madalo pair of lawmakers is not grandstanding and ego tripping for their own selfish agenda, I do not know how else to describe it since they know very well that the 1987 Philippine Constitution sets specific grounds for impeachment of the president which are treason, bribery, graft and corruption, other high crimes or betrayal of public trust.

What I am saying and asking is: Do this pair of former renegade soldiers have enough solid evidences that would substantiate their allegations/charges so that they could nail Duterte to the cross?

Or are these former comrades in arms solely dependent on what is more commonly used phrase now – the alternative facts – which in reality are false facts or what is bluntly called as lies, especially coming from questionable, if not unreliable, witnesses against Duterte?

I am not even asking if both Trillanes and Alejano have enough followers in the House to muster enough votes to make the case against Duterte prosper.

No wonder Sen. Panfilo Lacson wished them good luck!

But what we should be asking really are:

  • Was there treason, betrayal of public trust, graft and corruption, and high crime committed by Duterte while still the mayor of Davao City?
  • How does Davao City now compare with other major cities in the country?
  • What does the Commission on Human Rights have to legally uphold Duterte’s human right violation?
  • Wasn’t the reason Duterte won overwhelmingly the presidential race is because the people want the country to be transformed the way he changed Davao city into a safe and livable place?

Thus, I would say that the impeachment complaint against Duterte is nothing but noise and an exercise in futility.

 

Snakes in India, crocodiles in the Philippines

 

If we Filipinos get riled up at the corrupt practices of some government agencies and can’t do anything but murmur or scream some expletives, wait until you get to read what these poor, gutsy farmers in the Bastri district of Uttar Pradesh in northern India did to the their tax office in protest against bribe.

Hukkul Khan and Ramkul Ram are now being hunted by the police for taking the law into their hands by emptying three bags of around 40 poisonous snakes of different sizes that included at least four deadly cobras.

Khan is known locally as a snake charmer.

According to reports, Khan is said to have written officials of the tax office asking for tax records on land allocated for snake conservation where he could keep and care for his snakes.

Apparently his request has been approved by senior officials in the revenue department, but their subordinates in the office made it harder for Khan by asking for pay-offs and he just did not have the money to meet their demand.

“I had to dump the snakes because DM (district magistrate) and SDM (sub divisional magistrate) told us that ‘we have approved your application but lower-level officials are sitting on it’,” Khan explained.

“Where will I keep these poisonous snakes? I don’t have space.”

Good question!

Fortunately, no one was bitten or injured in the incident, but not before the corrupt staffs started jumping on top of chairs and tables when they saw the snakes slithering on the floor.

A team from the forestry department later captured the reptiles.

Just makes me wonder what we have to dump inside corrupt offices of some government agencies in the Philippines.

Do I hear somebody suggesting we let loose some crocodiles? We have Lolong, the world’s biggest crocodile for nothing! Let them devour their own kind!

Congress? Yeah, why not!