There is no brewing impeachment move against Vice President Jejomar Binay, Speaker Feliciano Belmonte, Jr. said on Saturday.
Belmonte issued the statement amid claims by the Binay camp that an impeachment complaint will be filed against the vice president before candidates who will seek elective posts in 2016 file their certificates of candidacy in October.
“Well, I don’t expect it, nor have l heard about it,” Belmonte said when asked if there were plans to impeach the vice president.
House Deputy Minority Leader Antonio Tinio of Alliance of Concerned Teachers party-list said the investigation of Binay and members of his family shows that impeachment is farthest from the lawmakers’ minds.
The Court of Appeals has issued a freeze order on Binay’s bank deposits as the Office of the Ombudsman investigated allegations that the Makati City Hall Building Parking 2, which was built when Binay was the mayor of Makati City, was overpriced.
Binay’s son, Makati Mayor Erwin Binay, was suspended by Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales in connection with the case.
“Unlike Presidents of the Republic, Vice Presidents are not immune from suit. So why bother with impeachment?” Tinio said.
Isabela Rep. Rodito Albano, a member of the Commission on Appointments, said lawmakers do not have the energy to pursue an impeachment case with less than a year before the 2016 elections.
“There’s no talk of impeachment,” Albano stressed.
Caloocan Rep. and Liberal Party (LP) Chairman Edgar Erice however lashed out at Binay for criticizing the Aquino administration after he resigned from the Cabinet.
“How can he criticize the government when he was part of the [Aquino] Cabinet? He kept saying that he can’t see the government yet he was there, and did not speak [about the alleged ‘wrongdoings’ of the administration],” Erice said in Filipino.
At the launch of the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) party last week, Binay slammed the administration for being a failure and insensitive.
“Paano naging tamad, manhid, at palpak ang administrasyon? Kung totoo ‘yan, hindi tayo magiging second fastest-growing economy in the world right now (How can the government be lazy, inept and insensitive? If that is true, we won’t be the second fastest growing economy in the world),” Erice said.
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