Move to impeach PNoy an uphill battle — Romualdez

  • July 20, 2014
  • Written by Ryan Ponce Pacpaco
  • Published in Top Stories

LEYTE Rep. Ferdinand Martin G. Romualdez,  head of the House independent minority bloc, admitted yesterday that it is not going to be a picnic for the proponents of impeachment complaints against President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III.

“It is an uphill battle,” said Romualdez, one of the staunchest constructive critics of President Aquino, as the militant groups are scheduled to file this week, beginning today the two separate impeachment complaints against the Chief Executive over the use of Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) which the Supreme Court (SC) outlawed its key provisions.

Romualdez explained that the impeachment process is “a political exercise which requires numbers game.”

“The proponents do not have the majority and remember that this (impeachment process) is a political exercise. You need numbers to climb the hill,” Romualdez, a lawyer, pointed out.

When asked if his bloc will support the impeachment against the President, Romualdez said “we will just be an observer” in the meantime.

“But you know, that is the beauty of democracy. Everybody has the right to push the impeachment of the President. While it is a tough battle, we have to respect their right to do so. I would agree, the initiation of impeachment should have been done for record purposes,” Romualdez, president of the Philippine Constitution Association (Philconsa) or the oldest and respectable association of legal luminaries in the country and was among the nine organizations that petitioned the SC questioning the constitutionality of DAP.


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