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3 Aquino impeach raps sufficient in form, according to House body

Posted On 2014 Aug 26
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SAN ANTONIO, Philippines (June 30, 2014) U.S. Marines assigned 1st Battalion 8th Marine Regiment, Bravo Company, conduct a joint amphibious landing exercises with Philippine marines during Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) Philippines 2014. In its 20th year, CARAT is an annual, bilateral exercise series with the U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps and the armed forces of nine partner nations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Gilbert A. Bolibol/Released)

SAN ANTONIO, Philippines (June 30, 2014) U.S. Marines assigned 1st Battalion 8th Marine Regiment, Bravo Company, conduct a joint amphibious landing exercises with Philippine marines during Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) Philippines 2014. In its 20th year, CARAT is an annual, bilateral exercise series with the U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps and the armed forces of nine partner nations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Gilbert A. Bolibol/Released)

MANILA, Aug 26 (Mabuhay) – The House of Representatives justice committee has found sufficient in form the last two impeachment complaints against President Benigno Aquino III.

During Tuesday’s committee hearing, chairman Iloilo Representative Niel Tupas Jr. noted that 42 committee members approved the second complaint, seven objected and four abstained.

Meanwhile, the third complaint was found sufficient by all members with no objection.

The first impeachment complaint was also found sufficient in form with 53 votes.

Upon finding it sufficient in form, the committee concurred that the complaint was verified by the endorsing lawmakers.

The first two complaints were about Aquino’s use of the funds under the Disbursement Acceleration Program, parts of which were declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court. The third is over the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement, which seeks greater US military presence in the country despite a constitutional ban on foreign bases.

The impeachment complaints were endorsed by Bayan  Muna  Representatives  Neri  Colmenares  and Carlos Zarate,  Anakpawis  Rep Fernando  Hicap,  Kabataan  Rep. Terry  Ridon, Act Teachers Rep. Antonio  Tinio   and  Gabriela Rep.  Emmi  De Jesus.

A fourth impeachment complaint accused Aquino of sustaining the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) in the 2014 budget. The high court declared as unconstitutional the congressional pork barrel at the height of a corruption scandal under the alleged scheme of now detained businesswoman Janet Lim-Napoles.

But the complaint failed to reach the floor in time for the committee referral of the first three complaints. (MNS)

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