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)