LAWMAKERS belonging to the progressive Makabayan bloc in the House of Representatives are ready for the impeachment proceedings against President Benigno Aquino 3rd, Rep. Terry Ridon of Kabataan party-list said on Saturday.
The House leadership is scheduled to refer the impeachment complaints against the President to the House justice committee in the plenary session on Monday.
Speaker Feliciano Belmonte has reportedly transmitted the three impeachment complaints lodged against Aquino to Majority Leader Neptali Gonzales 3rd, chairman of the Committee on Rules, for inclusion in the order of business and subsequent referral to the justice committee.
“We in Makabayan are as ready as we can be to discuss and defend the merits of the impeachment complaints at the House justice committee deliberations,” Ridon, who endorsed the second impeachment complaint against Aquino filed by youth groups, said.
In their 23-page complaint filed at the office of the House Secretary General on July 22, youth and student groups led by YOUTH ACT NOW accused Aquino of culpable violation of the Constitution, betrayal of public trust, graft and corruption in connection with the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP).
Several people’s organizations and civil society leaders also filed their own impeachment complaints against the President.
“These past weeks, we have carefully prepared for the upcoming impeachment hearing. Even if there are some quarters who blindly seek to block the impeachment proceedings without first hearing the merits of the case, I and my colleagues in Makabayan remain unflustered. We believe that the case against Aquino is strong,” Ridon said.
The lawmaker appealed to the justice committee chaired by Rep. Neil Tupas, a known Aquino ally, to consider the merits of the impeachment complaints and refrain from junking the cases just because of party affiliation.
“Let justice be done though the heavens fall. I urge my colleagues sitting in the House Justice Committee to listen and consider the arguments we will present during the impeachment proceedings. They should not play blind, deaf, and mute to the travesties committed by the president,” Ridon said.