The House of Representatives this morning junked the second impeachment complaint against President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

Voting 173-32, with one abstention, the Lower House adopted the justice committee’s report endorsing the dismissal of the complaint for lack of substance. The deliberations lasted 17 hours.

Had the opposition mustered 78 votes, the report would have been transmitted back to the committee level for full deliberations on its merits, which will include the presentation of evidence or it would have gone straight to the Senate for an impeachment trial.

Malacañang, meanwhile, is “thankful” that the impeachment hearings have finally ended. Political adviser Gabriel Claudio told reporters that the administration is hoping that “the process of healing” will begin and that the impeachment issue “will be replaced by more important matters.”

Last year, the House voted 158-51 to dismiss the first impeachment complaint filed against Arroyo. At that time, there were six abstentions and 21 lawmakers were absent.

The latest impeachment complaint, filed by the Black and White Movement, accuses Arroyo of graft and corruption, betrayal of public of public trust, culpable violations of the 1987 Constitution, bribery and other high crimes.

Justice committee chair Simeon Datumanong said the committee could not assume jurisdiction over allegations that Arroyo cheated in the 2004 elections and that she violated the Constitution by issuing Proclamation 1017, Executive Order 464, and by allowing the Calibrated Preemptive Response (CPR) policy to be implemented. He also said the complaint failed to directly link the President to the political killings and the corrupt activities of government officials.

“The minority (was) poking a gun with a dud bullet,” Albay Rep. Edcel Lagman told Malaya, adding that the impeachment was “a classic case of suicide.”

The “second” death of the impeachment complaint had been foretold. Some have even called it a futile exercise, a distraction, and a waste of the people’s time and money.

But Bukidnon Rep. Nereus Acosta said that while the “numerical superiority is a fact of democracy” it is, however, “not the end all of political contestation.”

Black and White Movement convenor Leah Navarro had earlier said that they will pursue another impeachment complaint against Arroyo next year. House Minority Floor leader Francis Escudero however told reporters that while he was “saddened by the defeat,” he was not sure if the opposition will try a third impeachment bid next year.

Acosta said a duly constituted process like an impeachment trial would have allowed the people to participate in resolving a crisis that has been “tearing the society’s moral fabric” since the “Hello, Garci” controversy broke out last year.

3 Responses to Arroyo escapes another impeachment try



August 24th, 2006 at 1:27 pm

173-32 is a wide margin. It’s even much less then last years votes.
I just wish that certain people can be man enough to accpt defeat & move on to matters that will help every pinoy.
Watching the desperate ipposition congremen doing their last stand was a pathetic sight.
At the end it was all a show of the art of grandstanding.
Saying so much and getting no where anyway.
All the more reason to put things behind us & move on.
Stop this culture of “revenge”
The culture of stright fights matira matibay.


Cecile Impens

August 27th, 2006 at 4:36 pm

You stated here: Watching the desperate ipposition congremen doing their last stand was a pathetic sight.
Sorry, but I don’t agree with you. How can you say that by fighting the value you believe in, whatever the importance of it, is pathetic. The 173-32 is just a mere number; it has nothing to do with the evidence the opposition is having to prove to the whole nation that Arroyo cheated! The killings of evidence to protect the cheating president. A proof that democracy is no longer existing under Arroyo administration, thanks to the 173 blind congressmen.
My question is: does it matters to you who is right or wrong as long as it represents numbers? The opposition latest try to impeach Arroyo is far from being pathetic, for me, it bears heroism, their new fight to save democracy the Filipinos in dire need to move on. Just a pity that you view this as a revenge.
Evidently, you lack rightful and democratic vision.


INSIDE PCIJ » A rushed decision

October 19th, 2006 at 6:50 pm

[…] The SWS also reported that more Filipinos or 45 percent disagree with the Lower House’s decision to junk the case filed on July 28, 2006. Last August 24, majority of the House members voted to adopt the justice committee’s report endorsing the dismissal of the impeachment case for lack of substance. A year ago, Arroyo’s allies also junked three impeachment complaints on technicalities. […]

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