• ‘DUTERTE DID NOT COMMIT HIGH CRIMES AS PRESIDENT’

    House rules out impeachment

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    LEADERS of the House of Representatives have ruled out impeachment moves against President Rodrigo Duterte, brushing aside a claim by Sen. Leila de Lima that the Chief Executive is a murderer.

    House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez of Davao del Norte and House Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas of Ilocos Norte made the declaration following a statement by de Lima that Duterte could be impeached, supposedly for admitting to killing people and endorsing mass murder.

    “Senator de Lima is not only a liar but a stupid one, too. You cannot just impeach an official for mere words. You have to prove the offense. What if the President would later say he was only joking?” Alvarez said.

    De Lima, a former Justice secretary, claimed the President’s statements could be viewed as culpable violation of the Constitution and betrayal of public trust, and that these involved “high crimes.”

    Since Duterte’s assumption to the presidency, police have reported killing 2,086 people in anti-drug operations. More than 3,000 others have been killed in unexplained circumstances, according to official figures.

    “The President could only be impeached by acts or omissions committed as President. The President said that such happened when he was a mayor patrolling the streets of Davao…to keep them drug- or crime-free,”
    Fariñas, one of the public prosecutors during the impeachment of Chief Justice Renato Corona in 2012, pointed out.

    “In fact, she (de Lima) had investigated such cases and came up with no actionable offenses,” Fariñas added.

    De Lima, as Justice chief and Commission on Human Rights chairwoman, investigated the Davao Death Squad allegedly led by Duterte when he was mayor of Davao City. Duterte has denied his involvement with the group.
    For de Lima, Duterte has no business being President because he is a killer.

    “We have an unfit President. He just confessed to doing the killing of people in Davao and we know that he’s the one encouraging, promoting and tolerating these killings and therefore, that is an impeachable offense.
    What we have is mass murder,” de Lima said in a CNN interview.

    Duterte made the comments in a speech on Monday night to businessmen as he discussed his campaign to eradicate illegal drugs.

    After speaking about police killing suspects during the current crime war, Duterte said he led similar efforts when he was mayor of Davao, the major southern city that he ruled for most of the previous 20 years.

    “In Davao I used to do it personally. Just to show to the guys (police) that if I can do it why can’t you,” Duterte said in his speech in Malacañang.

    “And I’d go around in Davao with a motorcycle, with a big bike around, and I would just patrol the streets, looking for trouble also. I was really looking for a confrontation so I could kill.”

    Duterte also responded to criticism from human rights groups and US President Barack Obama about his brutal anti-crime tactics, vowing to continue his crackdown.

    “If they say that I am afraid to stop [the campaign]because of the human rights and guys from including Obama: Sorry, I am not about to do that,” he said.

    WITH AFP

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    1. DeLima is not only stupid but she thinks other people are as stupid as she is. Does she expect Congress to jump on her say so? DeLima committed material concealment and also presented fake witnesses during the senate investigation on the drug trade and this was exposed by Senators Dick Gordon, Lacson, Pacquiao, etc. She directly obstructed the House investigation when she told Ronnie Dayan to go into hiding after a subpoena was issued by the House for Ronnie. A dozen drug lords, couriers and NBI officials have testified that DeLima received millions of drug money on a regular basis. All that we the people are eagerly waiting for is to see her clamped in jail where she rightly belongs.

    2. When DeLima was DOJ Secretary there were much more killings and no government effort to stop the drug trade. The yellow media did its best to keep the killings under wraps unless it became to obvious. You would just hear about killings here and killings there from the grapevine, it was very frightening. Once in 2014 DeLima and Roxas had a power struggle and it resulted in an article being published that 113 murders happened in two weeks in Quezon City alone! A rough extrapolation of this could be, 113 X 2 (for 1 month figure) X 17 Metro Manila cities. That is 3,842 killings in one month in Metro Manila alone! PNoy must have been able to step in and the bickering between DeLima and Roxas subsided and big media laid low on publishing figures after that. However killings continued and apparently increased in 2015. We now know that this was when DeLima and Roxas ramped up their election fund raising.

    3. President Rodrigo Duterte never threw any grenade at any rally of any politician in our country in his long sting as a public servant of our nation — unlike Senator Benigno S. Aquino Jr who was the real mastermind behind the Plaza Miranda Bombing. He threw that grenade to serve as a warning to any politician in Congress that he will not tolerate any exposure of his killings of Hacienda Luisita labor leaders. While his throwing a grenade at the rally of the Liberal Party was bad enough, the severely injured Liberal Party senatorial candidates did far worst. They refused to conduct an investigation as to who attempted to murder them in open public for fear that another grenade would be lodged again against them. This is the reason why Senator Benigno S. Aquino got away with his crime out of the sheer cowardice of Liberal Party senators. What kind of impression did this Liberal Party Senators want to give their constituents — that in our country you can publicly kill a Senator without going to jail for it? While I admire your courage in pointing defects in our country, let us be open minded indeed to dig deep in our country’s problems so that constructive solutions can be proposed to remedy this.

    4. Agree with what you wrote except for the De Lima being a national hero, She was in charge of the Justice Dept during the Pork barrel scandal and allowed the entire liberal party and their allies to not be charged for stealing billions.

      De Lima only charged 3 opposition senators while allowing the other 17 on the Napoles list and 37 past and present senators on the COA list to keep the kickbacks and escape charges simply because they belonged to the liberal party or allies.

      De Lima protected criminals who should of been charged.

      A National Hero ? No, Not even close. Just part of the corruption of Aquino’s administration.

      • A followup to my own comment.

        Aquino pulled De Lima’s stings, she never did anything without his permission,.

        Protect the liberal party from pork barrel charges ? Aquino ordered it
        Keep Arroyo in jail ? Aquino ordered it.
        Attack Duterte on the Death Squads before he got elected ? Aquino ordered it

        Everything De Lima ever did she had to get permission from her boss Aquino.

        Duterte should be going after Aquino

    5. Talking about killing?

      May have also investigate the past killing & massacre from Hacienda Luisita? Find out who is the one really kills. (literally or mastermind) if they were talking about honorable / genuine president.

      Talking about killing?

      Samples: Andres Bonifacio, Gregorio del Pilar, also may be the president before Ramon Magsaysay was assassinated (by plane crash)

    6. “What if the President would later say he was only joking?” Alvarez said.

      That disingenuous statement tells me that it is Alvarez who is the stupid one, not de Lima. It’s the kind of argument one hears on the playground, as is the constant besmirching of de Lima’s character with innuendo, disinformation and fake news. Does Alvarez really think admitting to murder is a joke, especially coming from the president. What could he gain by making a joke like that?

      Duterte’s latest admission to murder is only the latest of many similar public statements. He ran his campaign on the promise of murdering hundreds of thousands citizens without due process. He has bragged of such immoral criminality many times before. And each time his loyal defenders claim he is only using rhetoric and hyperbole, and doesn’t really mean what he says, Duterte contradicts them by insisting his words are true.

      Duterte is guilty, by self incrimination, not just of every murder he personally committed, but also of those murders committed by the police acting on his orders, as well as the murders by citizen vigilants who he has incited to murder. He continually and publicly repeats his claims and incitements, so it is no joke on his part. No one is laughing, but thousands are crying.

      History will judge de Lima as a national hero for having the moral courage to stand up, almost alone, to a murderous dictator who disregards due process, the rule of law, the constitution and human rights. If the politicians will not impeach the criminal Duterte, maybe the people will rise up against him as they did against Marcos. But apparently it will take much more bloodshed and the end of the rule of law before the people will wake up and shake off the propaganda blinders that prevent them from seeing the reality of the situation. I weep for what the Philippines has become.

      • Start weeping now because if the criminals and drug addicts happen to murder one or any member of your family then you know what it meant to be a victim of criminals … you have nothing even constructive criticism only a bias one and very destructive only on your point that someone somehow will believe on what you are saying. Believing to an immoral liar is like getting in her fold of LIARS. Are you one of them?