Impeachment complaints sufficient in form, Palace respects procedure

“We recognize Congress as a co-equal branch of government and they are just following the processes under the law. We should just leave it to the House of Representatives because under the law, they have jurisdiction over it. So let’s wait for their decision,” Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said with regards to House of Representative Justice Committee’s ruling that three impeachment complaints against President Aquino were sufficient in form.

The Justice Committee will convene again on September 2 to determine if these impeachment complaints are sufficient in substance. If the committee finds an impeachment complaint insufficient in substance the case may be dismissed.

There are three complaints against Aquino first two are in connection with Development Assistance Program or DAP. The third is violating the Philippine Constitution and betraying public trust for engaging in Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement with US.

Declaring a complaint sufficient in form means it is verified.

House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte earlier said these complaints are weak.

“The most crucial is the substance because once the complaints pass the substance, you will order the respondent to answer and you will open the respondent to all sorts of questions,” said Justice Committee chair Iloilo Representative Niel Tupas Jr..

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