GARY Alejano, former Marine officer turned lawmaker as a Magdalo party-list representative, is a remarkably sanguine person under some very bad circumstances. When he launched his impeachment bid against President Duterte last March, he did so knowing full well the President enjoyed a public approval rating of 82 percent and a super majority in the 292-seat Congress. Two months later, a congressional panel poured scorn on the bid and junked it. Undeterred, Alejano, with his Magdalo comrade-in-arms, Sen. Antonio Trillanes, went to the International Criminal Court in The Hague and submitted supplemental documents to bolster the human rights complaint against Duterte filed earlier by lawyer Jude Sabio. Conservative at heart and a military man by nature, Alejano is quickly turning out to be a radical defender of liberal democracy.

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