Communications Secretary Martin Andanar said Friday that an effort to impeach President Rodrigo Duterte will not succeed because Congress’s chief executive enjoys majority assistance.
Fisherfolk community Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (Pamalakaya) said previously that it was preparing an impeachment complaint to be lodged against Duterte at the House of Representatives for supposedly compromising the fishing rights of the Filipinos in the West Philippine Sea.
The group quoted Duterte’s alleged verbal agreement with Chinese President Xi Jinping that permitted China to fish exclusively in the 200-nautical mile financial area of the Philippines.
Duterte’s spokesman Salvador Panelo said earlier this month that an impeachment was not only “misplaced” but also totally baseless in reality and in law. He also said that the “amazing outcome” of the May mid-term elections was a demonstration of the electorate’s approval for the President’s policies on international relations.
Panelo said that there can be no guilty breach of the Constitution or any unjustifiable offense in this matter, when the President exactly enforces the same instrument while fulfilling the constitutional duty of our country to maintain friendship with our neighboring nations in accordance with our treaties and global conventions, as well as customary international law.
The House of Representatives has the authority to assess all impeachment instances and, if warranted, elevate the same to the Senate for trial.