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Impeaching the Philippine president

More than 200 citizens filed another impeachment complaint against Philippine president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. Bantay Impeachment 2 provides updates on the case. The full text of the complaint can also be read here.

Tonyo wants lawmakers who are implicated in a corruption scandal to inhibit themselves from hearing the case. He asks:

“First of all, how can any decent Filipino accept the reasoning of President Arroyo's son not to inhibit himself in the House justice committee proceedings?”

The Philippine Experience blogs about attempts to bribe politicians who will vote in the impeachment case.

Confessions of a Bystander discussed the political killings in the country, which is one of the issues in the impeachment complaint. He also mentioned the President’s acknowledgement of Major General Jovito Palparan who is accused of human rights violations. Excerpt from his blog entry:

“What in the world was in Arroyo's mind when she approved of Palparan's killing spree while at the same time condemning the alarming spate of political killings in the country? Either she thinks we are too dumb not to pierce through her veil of lies or she honestly thinks Jovito Palparan is a mere innocent bystander…How many activists, journalists, oppositionists and well-meaning citizens have to die under this Administration before the Filipino people will realize that this blatant disregard for human life has got to stop?”

Gerry Albert Corpuz Presents warns the president’s allies that voting down the impeachment is a kiss of death

“President Arroyo’s pork barrel offensive will not save their grossly clouded political career. An anti-impeachment stance is a kiss of death, a suicidal position.”

Read also the statements of the President and the Speaker of the House of Representatives on the impeachment case.

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