SAYING there are more pressing concerns than the impeachment complaints against President Benigno Aquino 3rd, Rep. Rodolfo Albano 3rd of Isabela appealed to his colleagues not to lose sight of priority bills pending in Congress.
Among these measures are the 2015 national budget, Bangsamoro Basic Law and other socio-economic bills that were certified urgent by the Palace.
“I urge my colleagues to move on after the impeachment case has been decided upon by the House Committee on Justice, and later on by the entire 290 House members in the plenary. There are lots of work ahead of us,” Albano said in a statement on Sunday.
The House Committee on Justice is expected to decide “in the coming days” on the impeachment raps against Aquino in connection with the outlawed Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP).
“The 16th Congress–now on its Second Regular Session–must hit the ground running and work hard to pass urgent and significant pieces of legislation that will truly benefit the Filipino people now,” Albano said.
Bayan Muna Rep. Neri Colmenares said the House will start to tackle the impeachment complaints against Aquino on Tuesday.
The first impeachment suit against Aquino was in relation to the DAP filed by opposition group Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (Bayan) and 27 other complainants. A second impeachment rap accused Aquino of betraying public trust and violating the Constitution over the DAP, filed by youth groups.
The third complaint also accused Aquino of betraying public trust for accepting the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement, which was alleged as lopsidedly in favor of the United States.