Updated 19:31 PM PHT Sat, March 18, 2017
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — A group of lawyers has begun laying the groundwork for the possible filing of an impeachment complaint against Vice President Leni Robredo, says a government official who was present in a protest against Robredo on Saturday.
Interior and Local Government Assistant Secretary Epimaco Densing told CNN Philippines the group of "topnotch" volunteer lawyers, whom he refused to name, already conducted a "case buildup" on Robredo on Friday.
He said he and the group of lawyers hope to file the impeachment complaint by May, when the House of Representatives resumes session.
"I have already gotten around 300 people willing to sign (the) impeachment complaint," Densing said.
"I have enough materials to pin her (Robredo) down that they are economically sabotaging our country," he added.
He, however, clarified that House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez did not order the lawyers to file an impeachment rap, but Alvarez may sponsor the complaint.
Alvarez on Friday told CNN Philippines he is already studying the possibility of filing a complaint against Robredo over her video message to the United Nations Commission on Narcotic Drugs criticizing the government's war on drugs.
He said Robredo put the country in bad light and therefore betrayed public trust — an impeachable offense under the 1987 Constitution.
Robredo, in a chance interview with reporters in Naga City, denied betraying public trust saying her message to the U.N. was "factual."
Meanwhile, Solicitor General Jose Calida in a statement said he is willing to lend legal services in the event that Alvarez files an impeachment rap against Robredo.
Dozens rally vs. Robredo
While Robredo attended several events in Naga, around 30 protesters flocked to her office at the Quezon City Reception House.
While he's willing to help bring down the Vice President, Densing claims he was only at the demonstration to make sure no untoward incident would take place.
"Just to make sure na ang pulis ay i-respect ang karapatang pantao nitong mga kababayan natin at itong impeach Leni na grupo, hindi rin manggulo [Just to make sure that the police will respect the protesters' rights and the rallyists will also not cause a commotion]," Densing said.
He offered burgers to the policemen and protesters.
The rallyists held "Impeach Leni" and "Leni Resign" placards to call for Robredo's ouster — either through an impeachment trial or through her own resignation.
They were all supporters of President Rodrigo Duterte and they want Robredo unseated, sharing Alvarez's view that Robredo betrayed public trust.
Actress Vivian Velez said it was the first time she joined a rally in front of Robredo's office.
She believes the earlier filing of an impeachment complaint against Duterte by the Magdalo party-list was just part of a destabilization plot against the administration.
"Everything is really orchestrated. Talagang plinano nila [They really planned it]," Velez said.
Magdalo party-list Representative Gary Alejano, who filed the first-ever impeachment rap against Duterte on Thursday, said that Robredo, the Liberal Party, and other political parties had no hand in the filing.