interesting that it is pro-duterte peeps who are protesting, questioning, criticizing the dismissal of the impeachment complaint vs comelec chief andy bautista, yet it is also the pro-duterte majority in the house of reps justice committee that dismissed the complaint on mere technicalities re sufficiency in “form” because, you know, they have to be strict and follow the rules daw; and yet they refused to entertain a correction of the form (which is NOT disallowed) and at once dismissed the complaint even when the rules entertain a dismissal only upon a finding of insufficiency in “substance.” check out rules of procedure in impeachment complaints, rule iii, section 4, 17th congress.
the big surprise, however, is representative edcel lagman, who is known to be an oppositionist — he is against the drug war, voted against the death penalty, martial law in mindanao, and the CHR budget cut — but who belongs to the super majority pala. he voted, too, to dismiss the case.
Opposition Rep. Edcel Lagman, one of those who supported the dismissal of the case against Bautista, said there is no rule allowing a complainant to amend his verification and his complaint.
He said the attempt of Paras and Topacio to present an amended verification “clearly shows that the original was defective.”
to think that rep. edcel is a member (for the majority) of the committee on suffrage and electoral reform. is this a portent of things to come? we will never know if our votes are being counted correctly? we will always be under the thumb of the likes of bautista (and smartmatic and their cohorts in congress) whose integrity and love of country are under such heavy clouds of doubt?
the andy bautista issue is a unique one that divides the body politic along different lines from the drug war.
the dilawans, of course, are happy about the junked impeachment complaint. it means that leni is safe. imagine nga naman: if, when, andy is impeached, who knows what evil magic a duterte-appointed comelec chief might wreak in aid of bongbong’s claim to the vp seat. kahit pa sabihing nasa supreme court na ang kaso, we all know how the system works for ones who are powerful enough.
the duterte diehard supporters in congress, of course, are also happy about the junked impeachment complaint. it means that andy owes them big, and it means that the very crucial plebiscite on charter change for term extensions and economic liberalization, not to speak of federalism, would happen under andy’s watch, with smartmatic pa rin kaya?
which is to say that the duterte camp is clearly divided. baka wala pang memo from the palace? or is this one issue on which they will remain divided. right now it’s social media ka-DDS vs. the house of reps ka-DDS. the lines are drawn, the battle is joined.
but wait, there’s hope. rep harry roque says that the House plenary can still override the justice committee’s decision. hmm. kailan iyan? automatic ba iyan, magaganap within a certain number of days? or will it be the call of majority leader dear rudy fariñas who is said to be, like the dilawans, afraid that impeaching andy means that leni will likely be replaced by bongbong. he is also said to be of the belief that if not impeached, andy will resign of his own accord. magugulat naman ako masyado.
a plenary would be good. and when the reps vote, dapat ay nominal voting, one by one, let the records show who is for what! itigil na iyang hiding behind viva voce!
and just in case fariñas won’t do a plenary… if he does, then just in case the plenary lets andy off the hook… ngayon pa lang, i’m thinking civil disobedience. why should we vote when we don’t trust the people behind the machines that will be counting our votes? what if they held elections and nobody came?