The House of Representatives will formally dismiss impeachment complaints against. President Benigno Aquino 3rd in a plenary session this week, according to Rep. Niel Tupas Jr. of Iloilo.
Tupas, chairman of the House justice panel, made the statement after the committee submitted its report to the plenary while Congress was on a break.
“I’m confident that the plenary will sustain the decision of the committee on justice dismissing the three impeachment complaints against the President. This is because the committee applied the same standard used in the Ombudsman [Ma. Merceditas] Gutierrez case on whether the complaints are sufficient in substance,” the lawmaker said.
The House may tackle the impeachment complaints either today or tomorrow.
The justice panel threw out the three impeachment complaints filed against the President on September 22, 2014 through an overwhelming 54-4 vote.
Aquino was accused of betrayal of public trust and culpable violation of the Constitution in connection with the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP), which was declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court in July this year and the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement, which allows the increased presence of American troops in the country and grants the American military and their armaments access to Philippine military bases.
“Even assuming the allegations of fact against the President are true, still there could be no culpable violation of the Constitution and betrayal of public trust. Hence, the complaints were dismissed by the committee on justice,” Tupas said.