AND NOW THERE ARE 4
Guingona adds name to impeach rap
By Lira Dalangin-Fernandez
First Posted 10:08:00 10/29/2008
MANILA, Philippines –Now there are four — endorsers of the latest impeachment complaint against President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, that is, after another lawmaker added his name to the petition.
Bukidnon Representative Teofisto Guingona III officially endorsed the complaint because he believed that the impeachment trial could be a venue for the President to answer all the issues that have been raised against her.
“I have always been supportive of the impeachment. I think it should be seen as a political statement that until now the people are still yearning for explanations on issues like the North Rail, ZTE, electoral fraud, graft and corruption,” he told reporters after speaking in a forum at the University of the Philippines in Diliman, Quezon City.
The complaint, filed on October 13 by Jose de Venecia III, lawyer Harry Roque, Iloilo vice governor Rolex Suplico, civil society and militant groups, was endorsed by partylist Representatives Satur Ocampo and Teodoro Casino of Bayan Muna and Liza Maza of Gabriela.
Guingona acknowledged that opposition forces in the House of Representatives would have a hard time getting the numbers to send the complaint to the Senate for a trial, but said that this would not deter them from pursuing the complaint.
He called on fellow lawmakers to look at the impeachment “not just as a process” but “a reminder to the people” that the President owed the public an explanation.
The complaint will be tackled by the chamber when session resumes on November 10.